The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Business

August 29, 2012

Early morning blaze destroys Emerald Diner

HUBBARD — An historic diner was destroyed by fire before breakfast Tuesday morning on Main Street in Hubbard.

The stainless steel of the Emerald Diner’s exterior looked burnished in the lunchtime sun as people worked to board up the place.

“All morning long people have stopped by,” said Robert Reizian, who owned a stake in the business, which had been in Hubbard since 1995.

The fire broke out about 4:30 a.m., he said, and city fire crews along with Brookfield firefighters were on the scene until about 8:30 a.m., according to the fire department.

A cause hadn’t been determined, Reizian said, adding the business was insured.

What can’t be replaced is the character of the place.

“The front’s a total loss,” he said.

Originally it was Burt’s Diner in Norwich, Conn., before it was transported to Hubbard, where it sat just east of the railroad tracks at 825 N. Main St. on land owned by J.P. Marsh.

“It’s got a lot of history, that’s for sure,” Reizian said.

One of the customers said she hopes the place will be re-built.

“I hope the community will get behind this and set up a fund to help them as they’re going through this,” Wanda Haley said. “I just think it would be such a loss (if it didn’t reopen).”

The future plans for the business are unclear, Reizian said.

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