Oasis Diner in Plainfield gets new home


PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — The historic Oasis Diner in Plainfield has a new home.

Crews moved the one-story structure Tuesday morning to the downtown section of town on Route 40.

“I’m very glad that they’re saving it, its a part of history its been here a long time, my children that are all grown now, they remember going there,” said Plainfield resident Dottie Long

The diner was shut down five years ago because of a series of structural problems

It was built in 1954 and was shipped to Indiana from New Jersey on a train.

It’s one of the last remaining roadside diners on Route 40, which is also known as Old National Road.

The new owners, and in-laws Doug Huff and Don Rector, say the diner’s iconic stainless steel exterior, ceramic tiles, upholstery, and its trademark neon sign will all be refurbished.

Indiana Landmarks fought to save the building, and because of agreements with the new owners, it can never be demolished regardless of who owns it in the future.

“This will be a great opportunity for people to really experience the diner like they used to in the past,” said Raina Regan, Community Preservation Specialist with Indiana Landmarks

The new location is just east of the White Lick Creek.

It will now undergo about $600,000 worth of renovations. The owners say it should be open by the end of October.

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