Restoring the 'Royal Diner' - rebuilding an American experience
In the wake of the latest layoffs and company closings in the machine
tool industry in Springfield, Laurentiu Traineanu and Matthew Alldredge
joined forces once again in this latest, exciting and new venture.
The old saying "when a door closes, a window will always open"
is more true now than ever.
and Alldredge have been developing and growing businesses together
for well over a decade. Both men are very civic minded and have
been investing a lot of resources, energy and finances in Springfield's
future. They both are firm believers in this town and are determined
to do more than their fair share to revitalize this huge dormant
oyster - Springfield, Vermont. A third partner in this venture is
Roger Cawvey, currently VP of PVCC.
In the winter of 2002, in a town that has faced recent layoffs,
three businessmen Matthew Alldredge, Laurentiu Traineanu and Roger
Cawvey believe in Springfield, Vermont and the possibilities it
holds. The three business associates, Matthew, Laurentiu and Roger
have formed a new company, The Springfield Diner Corporation, and
purchased the Royal Diner of Kingston, NY. The
purchase of this Vintage Diner was made from the American Diner
Museum, a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation and restoration
of historic diner cars. The Diner operated continuously until DEC
1, 2001 in Ulster County.
Once a fixture of Main Streets all over America, the new Diner
is one of a kind and one of the last existing diners built by the
Mahoney Diner Company in 1955.
Royal Diner has served in Kingston NY (it's previous home until
December 2001, when it closed its doors), it's fair share of celebrities:
like musician John Sebastian, actor Tom Selleck and movie star Kirk
Douglas who sat in the same booth and ordered the same Western omelet
every morning while working on his autobiography.
For 47 years the former Royal Diner has been filled with the smell
of hash browns cooked with a little onion and bacon fat filled the
air in the former Royal Diner in Kingston NY, where it served on
weekly basis 60 dozen eggs and 60 lb. of bacon.
Containing its original booths, tables, stools, back bar and counter,
the diner measures 16'8" x 48' and seats approximately 60 customers.
A preservationist group from the American Diner prepared the 17
by 48 foot, former Royal Diner for its 175-mile interstate journey
of last week.