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Ye Olde College Diner Facing Closure Unless New Owner Steps In

State College’s once-iconic Ye Olde College Diner might soon close, according to WTAJ’s 11 o’clock news. “The Diner,” as it’s known to most, is celebrated for its famous grilled stickies, best served with a scoop of vanilla Creamery ice cream.

WTAJ reported The Diner is “set to close unless someone steps in to take it over.”

The Diner opened decades ago and used to be open 24/7, but in recent years its hours of operation have seemed spotty at best. One of our staffers even wrote about what’s happened to The Diner in 2012, and not much has changed since.

Owner Dan Rallis says his rent has nearly tripled over the past 30 years, and now that the lease is up, he’s ready to close the restaurant and focus on selling grilled stickies. The grilled stickies are currently made in the basement of The Diner, but Rallis is building a new facility in Boalsburg to continue making them.

The lease on The Diner is up April 21, and Rallis said if no one steps in to purchase the business and take over the lease he expects to be closed by April 1.

The news network started promoting the story Tuesday before it aired, but would not reveal which downtown business the story centered on, instead opting for, “Another State College business is potentially closing its doors after years of service,” to accompany the clip.

A number of State College staples have announced their respective closings as of late, including the Skeller, Spats Cafe, and The Fraser Street Deli. We can only hope their replacements will prioritize the preservation of downtown.

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Elissa was the managing editor of Onward State from 2017-2019. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

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