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Ask Eddie: As one of the older businesses in downtown Harrisonburg, what is the history of the L&S Diner?

The L&S Diner was designed by architect D’Earcy P. Davis, Jr. of Nielsen Construction Company in 1947 for owners Frank Lee and Ike Simmons, whose initials gave the diner its name.  When originally built, the diner was one of the first of its kind having been custom built rather than prefabricated like so many other diners.  At that time the design was considered modern, and later that look became an icon of the 1950’s.  More information about historic diners can be found at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diner.

In 1959 Harrisonburg police officer M.W. Trenery was tragically and fatally shot in the diner at night during a burglary in progress.  The crime has never been solved.  Over the years ownership changed several times, the physical condition of the diner building deteriorated, and new fast food restaurants impacted diner business all across the country.

In 2006 the diner underwent a significant renovation after purchase by Randy See and Dave Miller.  The diner property is now owned by Randy See, and Linda Raines owns the business.  The diner has maintained its traditional menu and added several popular items like the garbage omelet.  The diner is open 5:30am to 1:00pm Monday through Friday and on Saturdays 7:00am to 12:30pm.  Stop by for breakfast or lunch, and help L&S Diner celebrate 66 years of business in downtown.

Eddie Bumbaugh is the Executive Director for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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