July 26, 2016

Swan Street Diner to Arrive in Larkinville This Fall

The Swan Street Diner should be operating at its new Larkin District home by early fall.

But, its first meal won’t be served until next year as renovation work continues.

The diner, the latest effort from the Larkin Development Group, cleared its final municipal hurdle Monday when the Buffalo Planning Board approved the project.

The circa-1937 Sterling Co. diner was found by Howard Zemsky, the Buffalo business leader and Empire State Development chairman, while on a work-related trip to Newark, between Rochester and Syracuse. Zemsky was in the Wayne County village to buy a classic Airstream trailer that is now located in Larkin Square.

Swan Street Diner, set for 694 Swan St., will neighbor another of Zemsky’s Larkin District investments, including the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant, run by his son, Harry.

Larkin Development is working with CJS Architects on the project.

Plans call for the diner to be surrounded by lots of green space and bicycle parking.

The diner was partially restored in Akron, Ohio but recently was shipped to Buffalo where renovations are continuing at an undisclosed location.

Once the diner is moved to its Swan Street home work will continue with the addition of a kitchen and bathroom area.

When it debuts next year it will be open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and during Food Truck Tuesdays and other special events at Larkinville.

The diner can seat up to 50 people.

The menu will feature traditional American food items along with some cutting-edge culinary offerings.

And, in nod to another Buffalo company, the diner’s china will come from some of the last items made by Buffalo China.


Original article can be found at Buffalo Business First.

Swan Street Diner to Arrive in Larkinville This Fall