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Old Diner Back in Business

Written By: Kellie Meyer
Old Diner Back in Business

January 17, 2014

HORSEHEADS (WENY) -- 'The Diner', previously known as Sullivan's Diner, is back and open for business.
     The diner is an old 1940's diner that used to be in Elmira. Then after the flood in 1972, the Sullivan family moved it to Horseheads. Owner Tom Witzel bought the diner in March 2013 and after nine months of renovation it opened its doors. And those doors are original sliding doors from the original rail car, along with all the old wood work. Everything else is brand new. Keeping a hold on the past but embracing the future.
     "A lot of people come back and say you know you kept a lot of the history together just freshened things up a little bit with the renovations," said Witzel.
     Harold Reed is an old customer to the diner. This is his first visit under the new ownership. "Glad it's still here, hope it stays a long time," said Reed.
     The Diner is open every day of the week from 6am to 2pm and they serve breakfast all day long. Witzel tells us the omlettes and Witzel Stop Special, which is sweet potato pancakes, are among customer favorites.