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archetypal diner, Modesto, CA

george osner | May 25, 199909:26 PM

The Old Mill on 9th St. (old Hwy. 99) on the edge of
downtown Modesto is one of those archetypal, soon to be
history places. I say soon to be history because the
building is to be torn down to make way for a railroad
overcrossing and new street alignment. The building
itself is a landmark, built to look like a Dutch
windmill, it's tiny--about 5 tables and a counter, and
a couple of outside taables you wouldn't ever want to

Inside, the place is presided over by Karin, the
proprieter, who assures me that the landlord has said
he is going to have new quarters for her closer in to
downtown. I hope that any of the charm is left
following the move.

Last time I went in after a bike ride & my buddy & I
were the only ones not wearing overalls and tractor
caps, and the two of us, in our 50's, brought the
average age down significantly.

Food is basic. We had eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns,
bacon, OJ, coffee, all the things you have in a diner
for breakfast. Good, substantial food.

If you're in Modesto, try to visit this bit of history
before it's gone. Life is fleeting...


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