No, Welcome Diner isn't closing

Word was getting around that Welcome Diner, one of downtown's grooviest little eateries -- and I really do mean little -- was closed.

And as it turns out, owner Peter Hearn was planning on closing at the current Roosevelt Street location (a cute metal Valentine diner from the early 20th century) and moving the restaurant into new digs.

"Well, we were going to move, and now we're not," he says. "We were closed for about a day and a half."

Hearn says he still plans on opening a second Welcome Diner location sometime in the not-too-distant future, at Sloane McFarland's Yourland development at 16th Street and Buckeye.

So tell all your friends, the Welcome Diner is still welcoming hungry customers. And starting tonight, the place will be open for First and Third Fridays, from 5 to 10 p.m. (Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.) Check it out at 924 E. Roosevelt.

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