May 20, 2019
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No Finer Diner

Salvage Candy unearths a rare restaurant find

For those on the hunt for a good item to fill your home with a one-of-a-kind story, Salvage Candy is right up your street. Their inventory is stocked with many aged antiquities (think doors, windows, and bars) dating back to the late 1800s, waiting for the right person to come along and give them new life.

The current star on Salvage Candy’s lot is cooking up curiosity.

A diner from 1962 is for sale at the shop and is fully equipped with deep fryers, an ice cream machine, and a walk-up window. Owners TJ and Tammy Trem were offered the diner by a collector, and they jumped at the chance to add this American classic to their supply.

“Anything that has history we try to save,” says TJ.

TJ and Tammy discovered the first clue to the diner’s origins in Olney, Illinois, when they cleared out the space and found matchboxes labeled “Noble Diner.” They took to Facebook to spread the news and share pictures of their fabulous find.

“Our posts on Facebook helped us reach out to the community,” says TJ. “Someone commented that they used to enjoy getting seven burgers for $1 at the diner.”

They hope someone will reopen the diner somewhere with a lot of foot traffic and keep the history alive.

“We would love for it to stay local,” says Tammy.

Salvage Candy
3500 S. Weinbach Ave.
812-598-0956 or


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