By Gary Lloyd
The historic Cheyenne Diner will likely not be coming to the city of Pinson, according to the executive director overseeing the project to move the historic diner.
Going Back Enterprises Executive Director Patti Miller said the diner, which would fit well at the old Food Town building on Main Street in Pinson, will “not at this point” be located in Pinson. Miller said the diner will likely not be located in Jefferson County due to high sewer rates. Going Back Enterprises owns the Food Town building.
Miller said in April that there had been discussions with the city of Pinson about relocating the diner there since the summer of 2011.
The diner was built in 1939, one of three or four of its kind even built, and it’s the only one left, Miller said. It was moved to Manhattan, N.Y., in 1940 or 1941 and named the Cheyenne Diner in 1986 when it was sold. It became famous around that time when photo shoots and movie scenes were shot there, Miller said.
The 96-foot diner has been in an undisclosed location in the Birmingham area since it was moved from Manhattan in 2009, Miller said. It was moved in two pieces, something that took six hours to prep for.
Miller said the diner is owned through a limited family partnership and that Going Back Enterprises is overseeing the project that would relocate the Cheyenne Diner to a city and accompany it with a family entertainment development, which would include a car museum that would feature cars from all over the country and a music venue/recording studio.
Miller has been contacted by other cities — which she couldn’t mention — outside of Jefferson County but still in Alabama that are interested in having the Cheyenne Diner relocate to their cities, she said in April.
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