Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Plans in the Works to Move The Salem Diner to Rooftop of 10 Derby Square

A few months ago, a landmark North Shore diner closed down, with the hope being that a new owner might purchase it and move it to another space. Now we have learned that the diner could indeed get a new home--and it would be in a very unlikely spot.

According to a source, a group of partners plans to purchase The Salem Diner, and they are proposing to actually move it to the roof of 10 Derby Square in Salem, with an article in The Salem News confirming this. The article mentions that this would be an incubator of sorts, with developing restaurateurs running the diner every six months where they would get to hone their skills while presumably hoping to find a permanent space for a dining spot. The partners--who include Erik and Jennifer Sayce of the late-night cookie pop-up Goodnight Fatty--all have a business stake in 10 Derby Square, and while a long road lies ahead for getting approval of the proposal, if all goes well, the diner could be up and running in June of 2020.

The Salem Diner closed in May after nearly 80 years in operation, as Salem State University--which purchased the eatery in 2013--is consolidating its on-campus food options. (The diner, which first opened in 1941, is on the National Register of Historic Places.)

[Earlier Article]
The Salem Diner Closes Its Doors Today

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]