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Swan Street Diner rolls into new home in Larkinville

An 80-year-old restaurant is the newest resident of Larkinville.

The Swan Street Diner arrived by truck this morning at its new address, 694 Swan St., next to the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant and across the road from Larkin Square.

The diner is expected to open in September, serving diner classics and more for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.

Its first address was in Newark in Wayne County, east of Rochester. Developer Howard Zemsky found it for sale, bought it in 2013, and rehabilitated it, while considering its future.

The new Swan Street Diner makes its way to its new home. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

"As Larkinville has grown, it became obvious to us that it should go right next to Hydraulic Hearth," said Leslie Zemsky, his wife. "So we have this nice little center of Larkin Square, all the food truck events, and now the diner."

[Read: Pizza, fellowship are draws at Hydraulic Hearth (review)]

There's also tourism potential in the classic diner profile, Zemsky noted. "People travel for diners," she said. "They're their own little destination."

Harry Zemsky, her son, will manage both restaurants. The restaurant will hold about 50 people, including 10 at counter stools and the rest in booths. Construction starts soon on a kitchen addition behind the diner.

A rendering of how the diner will look once it opens in September.

Amanda Amico, Amy’s Truck operator, will be chef and general manager. Besides the usual eggs, pancakes and home fries, "we wanted to put a little spin on the classics," she said. Examples include a pot pie topped with stuffing, specialty milkshakes, mini doughnuts, and a meatloaf-based patty melt.

"We're definitely going to do pies," she said. "The classic diner needs pies."

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