Iconic Cindy's Diner Reopens Saturday

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 07/05 2014 07:21PM

Updated 07/07 2014 09:34AM

Cindy's Diner reopened Saturday, after shutting their doors on June 30. The closing was temporary - employees say they needed to move locations to make way for more Fort Wayne development.

Joe Snyder explains why he waited in line to eat Saturday.  "Easy to get into, and the food is reasonably priced. Not expensive like some places."

Owner Cindy Scheele says business Saturday was booming. "Crazy, very very busy."

Cindy's husband Joe, bought the diner 24 years ago as a mother's day present. "It's original.  To our knowledge, it is the only operating diner in Indiana. And people say, 'Why don't we build on?', we want the nostalgia."

That nostalgia is one of the reasons Garrett Smith waited in line, and keeps coming back for more.  "It's very nice...I like the closeness. It's historical."

Customer Vickie Black tried three times Saturday to eat at the diner, but said it was just too crowded.  "We didn't have good luck today, so yeah, it's been kind of just packed all day."

The main cook since 1997, Joe didn't take a vacation the month they were closed.  "Sprucing it up, getting it ready. So I was here everyday, except one or two of that 30 days."

Saturday's opening went great...and for Joe it was back to work like normal.  "I wasn't used to getting up at four in the morning, during this construction period, I slept in clear til 6."

Cindy's Diner is open daily for breakfast until 2:00 p.m.

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