Worth Knowing: Polka Dot Diner one step closer to re-opening
The Valley News reported today that last night the Hartford Planning Commission has approved an application by the owner of the iconic Polka Dot building in White River Junction to renovate the interior of the building with an eye towards getting a tenant to operate a diner, restaurant, or café there in the near future. Davidson is hopeful it will be back in business by the summer. The Polka Dot has sat empty and somewhat dejected looking since it closed in 2014. Its former owner, Mary Shatney, had had the building on the market for several years, but she'd been unable to land a buyer in part die to concerns that part of the building its on land owned by Canadian National Railroad. Mike Davidson bought the building from in after securing a lease with the railroad company. Davidson and his company Ledgeworks plan to retain the exterior look of the Polka Dot building as the historical value of the location is very important to them.
An artist's model of how the Polka Dot diner would have looked in the 1950's
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