Town Talk Diner (Minneapolis, MN) – The Town Talk Diner has a long and interesting history. This local landmark first opened in back in 1946 and quickly became a short-order staple on East Lake Street (here’s the facade in 1954). In 1978, sisters Barb Link and Vicki Brever took over the popular diner. It was the place to go on Saturday mornings. The shoebox-sized room would be packed with regulars from all walks of life enjoying the cooked-to-order homemade food. They eventually closed the doors in 2002 after nearly a quarter century of feeding the neighborhood. It then re-opened to great acclaim in 2006 after sitting empty for four years, but the new ownership wound up selling the diner to a local restaurant group in 2008. Fast-forward to 2011 and the up-and-down establishment was forced to once again shutter its doors. The latest owners attributed the closure to “declining sales” and many locals were not surprised. Ever since they took over in 2008, the quality of the food declined while the prices went up. Not a good combination. However, local media also reported that another major factor contributed to the diner’s demise: a $540,000 embezzlement scheme by a longtime accountant of the owners. I emailed that restaurant group to see what the future holds for this sign but never heard back. I’d hate to see this fantastic marquee end up in a scrap yard somewhere.
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