There is certainly something to celebrate out on Staten Island, New York. The Victory Diner, a late 1940s Kullman "Challenger" dining car was scheduled for demolition. The new leasee of the property was poised, with approvals and permits in hand, to start clearing the lot for his new office building.
In the eleventh hour, Andrew Pappas, one of the owner's sons, contacted the American Diner Museum in July 2007 and inquired if we had any interest in his family's diner.
After some negotiation, a stay of execution for 2-3 weeks was granted to allow the American Diner Museum to actively seek a buyer for the last historic diner on Staten Island. We received numerous inquiries after listing the diner for sale on our website.
And in the end, a group of local business and civic leaders collaborated to purchase the historic diner and keep it on Staten Island. The Victory Diner was moved on August 14, 2007 to its new location at Midland Beach where it will be restored and reopened.
SILIVE.COM: Victory Diner: Meals on Wheels (video)
NYTimes.com: A Slice of Americana, Best Offer
NEWYORKCITY.COM: Victory now in sight for the Victory Diner!!!
SILIVE.COM blog: A Staten Island vintage diner is saved
NY1 News: Victory Diner Finally Makes Its Move
SILIVE.COM blog: Alas, the Victory Diner is toast
TRIPOD.COM: A vintage diner, saved
ForgottenNY.com: Victory for the Victory