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Auburn diner closes, owners uncertain if they can reopen after state restrictions lifted

An iconic diner in downtown Auburn has closed.

Possibly for good.

The Auburn Citizen reported this week that owners Bill and Rachael Juhl worked as hard as they could to keep the business open – even dealing with one of their worst winters since taking over in 2011.

Then, Governor Andrew Cuomo shut down all restaurants. And with that move, Hunter Dinerant, which has an iconic spot in downtown Auburn beneath the Genesee Beer sign was shut down.

The Juhl’s tell The Citizen that they tried takeout for a few days, but was only grossing $100 to $130 per day. It wasn’t even close to enough to sustain it.

All of the diner’s employees – 16 of them – had to be let go.

“I’d love to say that as soon as they give us the green light we’ll be back up and running, but I just don’t see us being successful doing that, with everyone still having fear about it,” Juhl said to The Ciitizen. “I don’t know if it’ll ever be the same.”