Beloved Rosie’s Diner in Rockford Is Heading for a New Life Out of State
An iconic roadway stop in Michigan is hitting the road for a new home and a new renovated life.
Hold onto your milkshakes because the legendary Rosie's Diner is hitting the road! The iconic landmark, left decaying for years, is waving goodbye to its Rockford home and embarking on an exciting journey to the heart of Missouri.
If you grew up in the 70's you're sure to remember those Bounty paper towel commercials with the sassy Rosie the Waitress, played by Nancy Walker. You know... it's the "quicker picker-upper". Filmed in Little Ferry, New Jersey, as the Silver Dollar Diner, the place was finally renamed Rosie's after the 'greasy spoon' gained fame.
In 1990, the retro diner was sold and moved to Rockford, Michigan where it came alive again as a popular attraction and eatery. To say the place was popular is an understatement, but that all came to an end when Rosie's Diner, along with Dinerland, closed on October 2, 2011. Although sold, it has sat decaying, yet still a popular roadside stop for those curious and craving nostalgia. Now, that is about to change.
New Life for Rosie's Diner
According to WOOD 8, Rosie's Diner has started a new chapter and is about to be reborn. Crews removed the iconic "Rosie's Diner" sign from atop the diner car Friday morning in preparation for a big move to a town in Missouri. Reports say the diner was sold and the new owners plan to completely strip and restore the diner that was built in 1946. Once finished, the new owners, Chuck and Dawn Perry, of this iconic piece of Americana plan to have the diner once again serve customers in that classic diner style.
We will keep you up to date on Rosie's journey to a new life.
Take a look at what was left of Rosie's Diner in Rockford below.
What's Left of the Iconic Rosie's Diner in Rockford, Michigan
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