Landmark diner closes its doors

February 24, 2008 6:12:03 PM PST
It's the end of an era for a diner in Phoenixville, Chester County. The doors are closing for good Sunday night after 60 years in business. This morning it was business as usual. The hustle and bustle of the Sunday crowd kept waitresses busy, but in the back of their minds they knew in a few hours this would all be over.

After 6 decades the Vale Rio Diner will close its doors. In its place will be a Walgreens. And the Fountain Inn next door, which has been opened since the 1700s will become a Starbucks.

45 employees will be out of a job.

This morning customers and employees reminisced through a scrap book of old diner pictures and newspaper clippings. 60 years is a long time. There are countless memories here so you can understand it's been a bit emotional for the employees and customers who say the Vale Rio Diner is like a second home.

The owners of the diner say they do want to reopen. For right now they're going to take this structure and transfer it to a temporary location tilt hey can find another place to open its doors again.


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