Historic Cindy's Diner Ready to Move to New Location

Published 06/09 2014 02:24PM

Updated 06/09 2014 02:43PM

A historic piece of Fort Wayne is moving as Cindy's Diner was loaded and ready to move to it's new location at West Berry Street and Maiden Lane.

As Downtown Fort Wayne continues to grow, it begins to look different.  Like this corner of Harrison and Berry.  There's now a huge hole in the ground but it used to be Cindy's Diner.

"I enjoyed working with my family and with the customers."

Annie Gillum used to work at the restaurant before it's current ownership.

"Back in 1971, my mom and dad bought the diner and it used to be called Marge's Diner.  Marge was my mom."

Cindy's survived it's first move in 1990.  Now for the second move.  The city hopes for this to be it's final location.

"I'm kind of happy it's moving but it makes me feel good because I know right where it's going and I'll get to still go in there and eat."

The restaurant, loaded onto a trailer, traveled down Harrison Street then west on Main Street to it's new location at the corner of West Berry Street and Maiden Lane. 

The whole process took a few hours and faithful customers stood by to watch it all.

"Oh yeah, I've been coming to Cindy's for years, breakfast, lunch."

Like Jeffrey Norwalt who says, "I kind of cut back but for awhile I was coming 3 or 4 times a day."

The move comes after the approval of a $71 million dollar development that will consume an entire block of downtown.  The Ash Brokerage Project will bring in new businesses, housing, parking space and more. 

Construction is a few month behind schedule but workers should break ground by the end of this month.

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