Coming soon to the Larkin District: a vintage diner.
Howard Zemsky’s Larkin Development Group is buying the Newark Diner outside of Rochester from longtime owners Jim and Betty McBride, and plans to relocate it to the Buffalo neighborhood sometime in 2014, adding to the area’s eateries.
The vintage Sterling-brand diner was manufactured in the 1930s by the J.B. Judkins Co. in Merrimac, Mass., and has been at its current location since 1937. It's been owned by the McBrides since 1985.
Zemsky said plans call for relocating it first to the Cleveland area, where a firm called Diversified Diners will oversee a top-to-bottom historic restoration over a six-month period. It will then be installed in the Larkin District, probably in the area that borders Seneca, Exchange and Smith streets.
The price tag: About $200,000, plus added costs for an annex with a basement for storage, a new kitchen and bathrooms.
- Jonathan D. Epstein