Just read in the local paper here in Phoenixville that the vintage Paramount diner up on blocks around the corner from us, the former Vale Rio Diner, is on sale on eBay. (for $225,000 yowza!) (10/8/10 update – The Val went on eBay again this week for $175,000 but there were no takers)
(this is what it looked like prior to moving, I’ll walk the dog over later to take a photo of it up on blocks today)
It was a sad day in Phoenixville when the diner was moved to make way for a Walgreen’s, and the historic building next door to it was closed to make way for a Starbucks that never appeared.
Here’s what the diner looks like today:
(literally today, I just came back from a dog walk where I snapped this photo not 20 minutes ago!)
The fact that the people of Phoenixville cared enough to keep a diner going, as well as a historic movie house and a number of other independent businesses, was one of the deciding factors when Retro Roadhusband and I made the leap to move up here. The existence now of a Walgreens within 200 yards of a Rite Aid within 50 feet of a CVS here in Pville makes me more embarrassed than anything to live here. Luckily we live near and go to the Gateway Pharmacy, locally owned and operated, and I will never spend a cent in any of those chain stores. Harrumph!
Here’s a link to a great writeup about the Vale Rio from local blogger and all around good guy Rich Wilhelm on his blog Dichotomy of the Dog with some cool photos of the diner too.
Not sure what will happen if it doesn’t sell, but I’ll keep you posted.