TANNERSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A classic piece of the Poconos is coming down. Crews started demolishing the former Diner at Tannersville to make way for a new business. As Eyewitness News reporter Brianna Strunk found out, it wasn’t hard to find people reminiscing about the place.
“It was a landmark,” says Chris Hazlette of Stroudsburg.
The brightly lit Diner was a beloved destination for many loyal customers.
“I spent a lot of time there, used to work at the hotel right behind there,” Charlie Griffin recalls.
Now, the stainless steel structure is a mangled mess. The iconic neon sign no longer shines, as it sits in a pile of rubble.
“People hung out there, local people hung out there and got to chit chat. So I am going to miss it,” Dotty Becroft, former waitress, adds.
The Diner at Tannersville closed two years ago to make way for a new Pocono Mountain Harley-Davidson. Owners Jim and Linda Schlier planned to sell the diner car for $ 30,000 dollars.
Then, they decided to give it away for free to a family looking to get a start in the restuarant business. Unfortunately, nobody could afford to tow the car away.
“It was a sad day when I started taking it apart. I really thought someone could use it, but its actually in pretty rough shape. So it is what it is,” says Jim Schlier.
The Diner was built in the 1960s and first served hungry families in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In the 1980s, it was moved to the Poconos. Former customers and employees, like Dotty Becroft, cooked up many memories there.
Becroft adds, “I hate to see it torn down but you know, it has to go and it’s a shame nobody wants it.”
Appliances inside the Diner were donated to a local motorcycle clubhouse.
Demolition is expected to wrap up later this week. Owners hope to open the new Pocono Mountain Harley-Davidson next year.