My buddy Steve Repucci recently took a trip out to Kansas for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) race finals, where he crewed for our friend Ed Womer who races Formula V.
On the way out to Kansas, Steve stopped at The Red Rose Diner in Towanda, PA and met my old friend Gordon Tindall. Steve then went on to Columbus, Ohio to stay the night at his wife Mary Lou’s niece’s house. While in Columbus he saw 2 Valentine diners and the one on Countrywide Blvd. looks to be in danger of demolition.
I contacted Steve Harwin of Diversified Diners (Cleveland, OH) and let him know about the Valentine. He actually got back to me within a few days and said he knew of the diner and had been in contact with the owners within the last year but they were not sure what they were going to do with the diner. He said he really could not do anything about it right now because he just moved the former Venus Diner from Gibsonia, PA to his yard to start restoration for resale and did not have the room for any other diner right now. Here is a link to a Randy Flowerday photo of the Venus at Ron Saari’s Dinercity website http://www.dinercity.com/paDiner/venusExtM.jpg
If that link does not get you there try http://www.dinercity.com/paDiner/westPA.html and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Ironically, David Hebb from Cambridge, Mass. also took a Pennsylvania trip and saw the Venus Diner ready for its move to Cleveland.