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Cheyenne Diner waiting for final resting place

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This probably would've been the sights and sounds  at the Cheyenne Diner on any given night in the 40's and 50's. In New York's hell's kitchen.

This is what the Cheyenne diner looks like today. The diner is has come a long way since its heyday, and it's traveled a long way too.

"We went to New York, looked at it, and instantly fell in love with it,"said Patti Miller, director of the Cheyenne Diner project.

In 2009, Miller, and Birmingham businessman Joel Owens bought the diner and moved it to Birmingham, with dreams of restoring it to its former glory. So they got to work.

"The entire barrel roof had to be rebuilt and recreated. All of the tin has been replaced, the walls have been reframed, and the floors are being repaired," said Miller.

So why, three years later, is the diner still sitting here, in two pieces, with much more work to be done?

"The entire feel of the era when this diner was in its heyday. We want to create that same feel, and we want the city to step up with that same vision," said Miller.

Miller says they would like the city of Birmingham to commit to recreating sidewalks and street lamps like those from the 40's. She says, until the diner is permanently placed, the restoration can't be finished.

"We're waiting on the city to get back with us and let us know where they stand with their end. We've done as much as we can do at this point until we know from them where they stand," she said.

The diner's original chairs, bar, and even its menu are kept under miller's watchful eye.
She even found some autographed pictures of some of its famous visitors.

She says she hopes, once the diner reopens, it will be like stepping back into a time capsule.