Shrewsbury’s Edgemere Diner sells at auction

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old fashioned diner, abandoned
The Edgemere Diner in Shrewsbury went up for auction, Nov. 18. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – The Edgemere Diner will officially have a new home. 

The iconic diner, which had operated at 51 Hartford Turnpike, went up for auction along with its roadside sign on Nov. 18. 

“It reminded me of an old-time auction — fun with interested parties, intrigued by the asset and spending some time sharing old memories and ideas and thoughts about the past and the future,” auctioneer Paul T. Zekos said of the event. “It was a neat dynamic today. It was a good day.”

Zekos described the attendees who showed up to bid as “eclectic,” all looking at the diner for different purposes. 

The diner car, which is believed to have been produced in the 1940s by the Fodero Dining Car Company, sold for $45,000 to Michael Cioffi of Catskills Diner Holdings, LLC in New York. 

“He will be transporting the diner back and working to restore it,” Zekos said. “He was very excited about the acquisition.”

Zekos said he hopes to bring photos of the diner back to Shrewsbury once Cioffi has the diner operational.

Cioffi will be required to remove the dining car from its current location by Dec. 23 according to a deadline Zekos communicated to the Board of Selectman during a meeting last month.

The Edgemere Diner sign was sold to Spiro Giannopoulos, of Worcester, for $1,000, immediately after the sale of the dining car. 

“It was a terrific day for it with the sun shining brilliantly,” Zekos said. “The turnout was very good.”