Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hullabaloo's Diner may be in Wellborn, Texas now, but it spent its formative years in the Capital Region of New York.

   Now we have learned that the original diner was known as Reilly's Diner at 835 Central Avenue. Wednesday January 8, 1950 was the opening day of the diner.  After becoming Bill's Diner and Drive In in 1951, the diner soon closed. A March 23, 1953 newspaper article stated some of the facts.  "A dispute over a Central Ave. real estate transaction, which has been held up 10 months because of an unused diner on the premises, was settled today in a decision by County Judge
Schenck."  Then went on to say, "The contract provided that, if the diner were not removed by last June, the purchase price would be reduced by $150; if it were still there in July, the reduction would be $200; in August $250, and for each month thereafter that the diner remained, $300 more was to be deducted from the purchase price. Mr. Alpart contended that so long as the diner remained he was not obliged to convey title to the property. The court ruled the contract should be carried out immediately, with the price reflecting the appropriate reductions. The diner is owned by Alfred Equipment Company, which acquired it from a previous owner in bankruptcy proceedings.
Stillwater, NY
   The diner was moved up Central Avenue where it went on to become known as Little Nick's Diner.  We are aware of this time, but do not have any photographs of the diner in this location.  In the early 1970s(if we are not mistaken) the diner was moved to Stillwater up by the entrance to the National Park and the Saratoga Battlefield(Happy Independence Day people!) where ti sat in front of a motel.  After doing a stink as Wolff's Diner, the diner sat closed before it risked demolition.

  Daniel Zilka was able to find an owner in  Texas who was interested in the diner.  The diner literally had only a day or two left before it was to be bulldozed.

In Saratoga Springs, NY as the diner waits to get back on the road to head to Texas.

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