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"I think, its just, there's something comfortable in a diner that you don't get in other restaurants," Metli said.
"People are coming back downtown, remembering what downtown was," Bremmon said.
The building's silver exterior stuck out in the brown parking lot like a quarter stuck in the mud. But defenders insisted it was a diamond in the rough, that would add Nike Metcon Camouflage a new dynamic to downtown.
And some say downtown's new diner may only be one sign of many changes to come.
And the new Phillips Avenue Diner is working hard to uphold that "downtown diner" tradition. From hand written menu boards, to its row of stainless steel stools.
"When that first happened, we had people calling in talking about it, very upset that we would put a shiny building downtown," said Steve Metli, a former Sioux Falls City Planner.
The Phillips Avenue Diner is one of only a few restaurants downtown that serves seven days a week. The first, "official" diner in America opened in 1872 in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a horse drawn carriage, that sold food at night after all other restaurants had closed.
"Original diners were old railcars or old street cars converted over to diner style restaurants," Metli said.
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The move was quite a spectacle. The diner arrived at 10th and Phillips late at night. Construction was messy and took most of the summer. Some people had doubts about what the Nike Kyrie 1 Gold
But this restaurant has an interesting history. Not only has it been refurbished inside and out, it used to be located across town.
"One thing for sure, we're going to see is the baby boomer generation, many of them are going to move back downtown and live, work, play downtown, and eat downtown, there you go," Metli said.
to get a good, inexpensive, home style meal. While it was not in the traditional silver diner form, the now closed Nickel Plate Caf dominated downtown dining for decades.
"One of my favorites is the cheese burger platter, and it was my favorite at the Nickel Plate too," Metli said. The diner has the traditional burger and malt offerings, but also has pasta and steak dishes and even has a wine list.
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"We kind of upgraded or modernized the diner a bit," said Jerry Bremmon, manager of the diner. Even though the diner may have a new look, new staff, and new menu, it's still serving that same old fashioned food that brings people together.
Avenue. The same shiny building later changed it's menu and became the Dixie Brother's Grill. But in 2005, its owners decided to try something new. So the diner hit the road, hoping to find success in a new home.
"People who haven't seen each other for years will bump into each other in a diner," Metli said.
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