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Chinook's 1950's era Diesel Diner to be repurposed in Rudyard


November 14, 2018

he Sugar Shack, a 10 by 25 feet rail car style diner, is pictured being loaded on to a flatbed trailer for a trip from Chester to its new location just off Highway 2 outside Rudyard. The diner was purchased new and installed in Chinook in 1950, then moved to Conrad for a 40 year sojourn. The diner was in Chester from around 1995/96 until its recent move to Rudyard. Kimberly and Rory Seiditz, along with their two daughters, plan to open the diner for seasonal operations starting spring, 2019.

A short history of the Diesel Diner/Trail Café/Betty's Diner/Sugar Shack

Alert "Journal" readers may recall a February, 2015 story about Chinook's original Diesel Diner. The 'rail car diner' was a style of small eateries that blossomed in the northeast in the 1920's and finally made its way to the upper Midwest by mid-century. Rail car diners allowed an aspiring business owner to start a business with minimal capital.

The Diesel Diner started in Chinook in 1950, located on a lot adjacent to Highway 2 in what is now a CHS fencing/panels display area. A few years later, no one is certain ex...

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