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‘KEEP US IN YOUR HEARTS’: Future of Penn Yan Diner uncertain, but owners grateful for community support

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The historic Penn Yan Diner, a community staple for nearly 100 years, was heavily damaged by a fire on May 21.

The blaze, reported just before midnight, caused significant damage to the beloved diner on East Elm Street. Firefighters from Penn Yan, Himrod, and Benton worked quickly to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to nearby buildings.

Owners Anna Sweet, Nate Salpeter, Alicia Avellandeda, and Cameron Mills expressed deep gratitude for the heroic efforts of the Police and Fire Departments. They also thanked the community for the overwhelming support and love shown during this difficult time. Despite the uncertainty, the owners remain hopeful about the diner’s future.

“On May 21st the Penn Yan Diner experienced a devastating fire that unfortunately damaged a large part of our building as well as our hearts. The Diner has been a cornerstone of our community for almost 100 years. We have built a restaurant that not only serves delicious, homemade food but also welcomed everyone in with open arms and a smile. We are unbelievably grateful for the entire Police and Fire Department Units whose actions and efforts were nothing short of heroic. We would also like to thank you for the outpouring of community love and support that we have received. While the future may be uncertain we still remain hopeful.”

– Penn Yan Diner owners via Facebook

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Penn Yan Diner, known for its welcoming atmosphere and homemade food, has been a cherished landmark in the village.