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Historic State College diner might close, report says

Jennifer Kane, volunteering as a waitress for a Housing Transistions fundraiser, takes orders from a table during a Thanksgiving dinner at Ye Old College Diner in 2009.
Jennifer Kane, volunteering as a waitress for a Housing Transistions fundraiser, takes orders from a table during a Thanksgiving dinner at Ye Old College Diner in 2009. Centre Daily Times, file

An iconic State College restaurant could close, according to a report by WTAJ.

The TV station aired an exclusive interview at 11 p.m. Tuesday with The Diner owner Dan Rallis, who has not responded to requests for comment. The diner has operated off West College Avenue since 1929.

Rallis has owned the longtime restaurant for 31 years. He also produces Grilled Stickies and operates Catering With Style.

The Diner could be saved, Rallis told WTAJ, if someone else takes over.

Rallis said rent has tripled over the past three decades, his lease is about to end and he wants to focus on his other ventures. He is building a new facility in Boalsburg to continue producing sticky buns, which will be available at other local establishments.

The lease ends in April and Rallis plans to close by April 1 unless someone buys the business.

Patrons enjoy the Rathskeller on its last day on Jan., 27, 2018.

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