1930s diner gets new lease on life and a new home in Larkinville

Posted at 8:58 AM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 10:03:24-04

Eggs, bacon, pancakes and other diner classics, all served up on vintage Buffalo China and inside a 1930s diner. 

The 1930s diner was sourced from Newark, New York where it served customers for years. The Newark Diner is now known as the Swan Street Diner, located in Buffalo's Larkinville district. 

"I'm so happy to finally have this cup of coffee," says Michael Myers, who worked on the restoration of the Diner. On the morning of the grand opening Tuesday,  Myers talked about the extensive work and the 'labor of love' poured into the J.B. Dudkins Sterling Diner. The diner was bought by Howard Zemsky in 2013. It took four years to find it a home, restore it and open it to the public.

Myers is a newlywed, his wife Kayla Zemsky and mother-in-law Leslie Zemsky turned this project into a family affair. Inside the diner is a bright red wallpaper, dotted with plates that were distributed to local artists. The plates feature paintings of classic diner pie slices, eggs and bacon as well as images of the Swan Street Diner's logo coffee mug.

The restored diner serves is open daily from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., serving classic breakfasts and updates on diner favorites like tuna melts and pot pies. As often as possible, the ingredients are sourced locally. Coffee comes from Undergrounds, less than a mile away, and bread comes from Mazurek's bakery, just a mile southwest of the diner. 

The kitchen is manned by Amanda Amico, a West Seneca native. Amico never went to culinary school, just followed her passion and learned through working at Amy's Place on Main Street and on Amy's Food Truck. She's now the general manager and head chef at the Swan Street Diner. As often as possible, she's creating all of her ingreidents from scratch, like each element in her 'pot pie with a twist'.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m until 3 p.m. daily, located at 700 Swan Street. You can learn more about the diner here