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Forum Diner in Paramus


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Someone just forwarded me this link and thought it would be interest here. I've never been to the diner myself but it looks as though it is going to be destroyed unless someone can physically move the entire diner to a new location. Here is the text with all the information but you should check out the photos on the actual site:

The Forum Diner at 211 East State Route 4, has been a landmark in Paramus, NJ since its opening in the 1960's. It was manufactured by the mastermind of diners, Fodero Dining Car Co (Joseph Fodero, who built NYC's legendary Empire Diner), and first operated by the Yannitsadis Brothers, and transported on site.

It was announced that "money was no object," when it came to detailing and superb craftsmanship. The exterior is an outstanding example of the Environmental Style, and features stainless steel, wrap-around windows, groovy gold frame doors, corner entryway with stone & colored mansard roof, & decorative ornamentation gracing the top. The interior is elegant, featuring fine Greek wood fluted columns & moldings and coffered wooden-paneled walls (rare for a diner), wood ornamentation, recessed areas for chandeliers, etched mirrors with regal logos, stone, curtains, accoustic paneling, counter & stools with backrests, kitchen out back, carpeting, terrazzo tiles and wave-patterned terrazzo distinguishing circular wooden booth areas. Pat Fodero, son of Joseph Fodero, came up with the idea of circular booths to seat more patrons per table, and it was first popularized at the Forum Diner. It became the norm to build large to boost business. The interior portrays the Colonial style.

It closed in spring 2007, marking the end of an era. Unfortunately, it was recently vandalized, but most architectural elements are intact, and the minimal damage is reversible.

Preservationist Michael Perlman spared NYC's historic Moondance & Cheyenne Diners via transport, and now the Forum Diner can be yours, thanks to an agreement with the property owner.

THE FORUM DINER MUST BE TRANSPORTED OFF THE PROPERTY ASAP, to spare it from demolition. A Jeep 17 dealership will take its place. We do have a rigger in mind, and the diner's 3 major rooms can be moved in 7 sub-sections including the vestibule. Please contact Michael Perlman at unlockthevault@hotmail.com for specifics ASAP! Save a gem!!!

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