Shrewsbury official talks timeline for Edgemere Diner removal


Shrewsbury official talks timeline for Edgemere Diner removal
The historic Edgemere Diner sits at 51 Hartford Turnpike in Shrewsbury. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

SHREWSBURY – The new owner of Shrewsbury’s historic Edgemere Diner is working with a contractor on the process of removing the diner, according to town staff. 

“The diner car needs to be detached from the existing block wall and back kitchen,” Assistant Town Manager Kristen Las told the Community Advocate on Tuesday. “The project has requested demolition permits that are under review by the town.”

Las said the timeline for removal is based upon several factors, including weather. 

The diner and its sign located at 51 Hartford Turnpike went up for auction in November. 

Auctioneer Paul T. Zekos previously told the Board of Selectmen in October that the buyer had to remove the dining car from its location by Dec. 23. 

The diner car was sold for $45,000 to Michael Cioffi of Catskills Diner Holdings, LLC in New York. 

In November, Zekos told the Community Advocate that Cioffi planned to transport the diner to New York and restore it. 

“He was very excited about the acquisition,” Zekos said at the time. 

The sign was sold to Worcester resident Spiro Giannopoulos for $1,000.

Las said the town estimates that the owner may be able to remove the car within the next two months if weather permits.


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