Hill Diner and the Magistrate Court properties on Trinity Drive have sold. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
The combined property at 1315 and 1319 Trinity Dr. was listed at $549,900 for the two buildings on 0.676 acres; the final sale price has not been disclosed.
Hill Diner. File photo
Refurbishing is underway at Hill Diner and the plan is to bring it back to its former glory as a warm and charming place for the community to gather and share a good meal, said Zia Commercial Properties owner/broker James Chrobocinski who handled the sale.
“The plan is to renovate the building including the installation of all new windows and flooring, kitchen upgrades, new insulation throughout the space, making it ADA compliant and applying stucco to the exterior walls,” Chrobocinski said. “We are seeking interest from restaurateurs to lease the renovated space and operate a restaurant.”
The building is about 70 years old and was originally built as an Army barracks. It has been empty since March 2, 2013 when longtime owner Denise Lane closed it down. She had opened the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue and eventually closed Hill Diner, transferring her most popular menu items to the Dixie Girl, which ultimately closed as well.
At the time, Lane calculated that 2.7 million meals had been served at Hill Diner since it opened in 1988.
The Orthodox Church at 2270 39th St. intends to move into the former Magistrate Court building behind Hill Diner. Renovations include moving the Golden Onion Dome from the church and placing it on top of the remodeled building.
“The congregation hopes to be in their new space by the end of this year,” Chrobocinski said.
Anyone interested in leasing the restaurant space should contact Chrobocinski at 505.695.3400 or email@example.com.