FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It’s been a city staple for more than 60. On Saturday, Cindy’s Diner opened its doors for the first time in five weeks and for the first time at its new location on West Berry Street.
Cindy’s Diner closed its doors at its West Wayne Street location on May 30, to allow construction to begin on the Ash Skyline Plaza and Skyline Terrace. Its new location is one block north and one block west of its old spot.
“The first day was a grand slam,” said Cindy’s manager Angela Harter, who was speaking on an exhausted John Scheele’s behalf. The owner cooked for a busy crowd all eight hours the restaurant was open Saturday.
The first customers lined up outside the diner around 5 a.m. Saturday to assure themselves a seat when the door opened at 6 a.m.
“I have to walk two blocks further, but other than that, I’m glad they found a new location for it,” said Kurt Roberts, who was not only the first customer through the door Saturday but added that he was the last customer at the diner’s old home on Wayne Street.
Harter said she thought the new location made for a better view of downtown. The diner will also have a front-row seat for upcoming construction of the Ash Skyline Plaza and Skyline Terrace.
“We definitely realized that the Ash building and the Bean building will benefit our business,” said Harter, who jokingly said she would like to see a waterfall added to the development that would enhance the view of her customers.
Cindy’s Diner is open from 7-2 p.m. on Sundays, and 6-2 p.m. the other days of the week.