Friday, October 31, 2008

Miss Portland Reopens
"The renovated and expanded Miss Portland Diner opened today on Marginal Way after more than four years of planning by city officials and others.

'We did an unannounced opening because I didn't want staff to be overrun, and we were very, very busy,' said owner Thomas Manning, a Portland native who bought the diner from the city earlier this year.

Manning said the landmark eatery at 138 Marginal Way will be open for breakfast and lunch for about a month, then expand to dinner hours with a grand opening in December.

The 46-seat Worcester Lunch Car was moved from another location on Marginal Way to make way for a new office building. The diner has a new addition that includes a modern kitchen and a 48-seat dining room.

The City Council agreed in August 2006 to sell the 59-year-old diner and a 6,000-square-foot bus shelter site to Manning for $25,000 and $75,000, respectively."

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