I have always felt a strong affinity for the Route 20 Diner in Bouckville. It has been a steady breakfast spot for me, and my in-laws regularly rave about their hamburgers.
It’s also the place that I had met Post-Standard columnist Sean Kirst for breakfast and conversation about what was then my relatively new blog, Unchained Restaurants. I had reached out to Sean in that summer of 2009 because I admire his work and because I thought he would be interested in my hopes for promoting restaurants, taverns, diners, and drive-thrus that were locally owned and that help define the unique attributes and flavors of this region we call home.
We had a great talk about Central New York, and it was fun to see our shared sense of place and love of CNY so well captured in his column.
I share this because Wife L flagged me this morning about a simple ad that appeared in the Mid-York Weekly newspaper. It said: Rt 20 Diner in Bouckville will be Closing for Good!
The ad says Sunday, Oct. 28, is the diner’s last day, and that the following day there will be a 10 a.m. sale of the dishes and glasses and knickknacks that made up the place, including all the Coca-Cola paraphernalia that the owner loved.
I don’t know why the diner is closing. I do know that it is a genuine loss to the community, and to the corridor that is Route 20. I want to thank the owner and staff for all their wonderful work over the past few years, and just say that your place will be missed and your absence felt.