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Spud Boy Lunch


Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
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Spud Boy Lunch located in Lanesboro, Minn. had a visitor this past week, Author and teacher Michael Engle from Troy, NY. Mr Engle and Co-Author Mario Monti wrote the book titled Diners of New York. The books consists of 400 diners in the state of New York of which 90% are still operating today. Michael came to visit Gordon and Val Tindall owners of the Spud Boy Lunch located in downtown Lanesboro. Michael, a 36 year old teacher from Troy, NY has been a diner fan for the past 14 years. After his first trip to a diner in Johnstown, NY Michael has visited and photographed hundreds of diners from around the United States. Spud Boy Lunch in Lanesboro was saved by Michael from destruction at its site in Wellington, Oh. The diner had operated in Wellington from 1927 till 2002. The diner was in very poor condition when purchased by Michael in 2003. Michael had it moved by truck to his home in New York state. After storing the diner for a couple of years Michael decided he couldn't restore the diner. So Michael contacted Gordon Tindall a friend whom he had known over the years through the diner network. Gordon drove up to New York state to take a look at the run down diner and decided he could restore the diner back to its original condition. Gordon had already restored and operated two other diners over the years, the Clarksville Diner which operated in Decorah, Ia in the 1990's. Gordon operated the Clarksville Diner in Decorah for 6 years and sold it to a man from Paris, France whom moved the diner to Paris. Gordon then bought the Red Rose Diner, restored it, and moved it to Towanda, Pa and operated the diner till the fall of 2009 when it was sold it to a buyer from Philadelphia. From 2005 till 2008 Gordon was restoring the Spud Boy Lunch in his spare time at a site in Towanda Pa. Gordon was also commuting every so often back to his home in Decorah, Ia where his wife Val lived. Gordon wanted to move back to the midwest to be closer to his family. On a family vacation to Lanesboro they thought the town was perfect to have a diner business. They checked out a vacant lot in downtown Lanesboro and later purchased the lot. Gordon then had the Spud Boy Lunch trucked from Towanda, Pa to Lanesboro in Nov of 2008. Gordon and his wife Val now reside in a early 1900's home in Lanesboro that Gordon and Val purchased and restored over the past year. The Spud Boy Lunch was built by Goodell Hardware in Silver Creek, NY in 1927. The diner new sold for $4,750 dollars and is the last Goodell diner in existance. For more information on Michael's book and American Diners you can check Michael's website www.dinersofny.com and you will find the book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble bookstore and online. The website also has wealth of diner links you can check out. So stop in when Spud Boy Lunch opens this summer in downtown Lanesboro and enjoy some good diner food and conversation with Gordon.

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