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City grants permission to put 1937 diner at Larkinville

Howard Zemsky and his Larkin Development Group got the go-ahead Monday night to add a 1937-era Sterling-brand diner to Larkinville on Swan Street next to their Hydraulic Hearth restaurant.

Larkin Development, which acquired the vintage diner three years ago, plans to set up the 40-foot-long structure at 694 Swan St., across from the popular Larkin Square that has become a hub for entertainment. The diner has been transported from its Central New York home to an Ohio facility for restoration,

The diner, which has wood and enamel panels rather than a silvery stainless-steel façade, features 11 counter stools and additional booth seating. Plans call for an addition to be constructed around it for the kitchen and bathrooms, and Larkin Development will also put in a bicycle park with racks.

The developer eliminated a portion of the rear parking and replaced it with green space to win approval from Planning Board, but the project still includes 16 parking spaces. The diner will now be brought onsite in September, and officials hope to open in the first quarter of 2017.

It will be open daily for breakfast and lunch, with traditional diner fare.


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