The Select Diner, located in downtown Shippensburg, closed its doors on Jan. 14. The diner, which until recently was open 24 hours a day, is temporarily shuttering its doors for renovations.
That process is expected to take 3–5 weeks according to Anita Peters, a manager who spoke to The Slate on Jan. 14. The restaurant will reopen with a new name, refurbished interior design and an updated menu.
Peters explained that one of the restaurant's co-owners had bought out the other’s stake. The new sole owner also owns multiple other restaurants in South Central Pennsylvania, including Greyhound Family Restaurant on the western end of Shippensburg.
According to Peters, the diner’s new name has yet to be announced. In addition to the interior renovations, the building will also see work done to its roof and windows, which are beginning to show their age.
The business will continue to honor gift certificates issued under the Select Diner branding and continue to offer a discount to Shippensburg University students.
The restaurant will also return to 24-hour operation, which is popular among both the student population and older customers.
Savannah Turcol, a graduate student at Shippensburg University, was excited to see what changes the renovations would bring. She hoped to see additional vegetarian options on the menu.
“My friends and I went a lot when it was open 24 hours and we are genuinely devastated,” said Elizabeth Peters, an undergraduate student, about the temporary closure.
Other students were interested to see how the renovations will change the diner’s atmosphere to be more lively and inviting.