free diner to be moved

Free Kansas Ablah Diner To Be Moved – Free


Free diner to be moved. No land. The diner, complete with tiny turrets, was built in the 1930s by the Ablah Hotel Supply.  Ablah, a company based out of Wichita, Kansas, manufactured pre-fab metal buildings (perhaps inspired by White Castle, also started in Wichita) during the 1930s. Businesses purchased them to be used as lunchrooms and tiny diners. At the end of the 1930s, Ablah salesman, Arthur Valentine, took over the company. Many of the diners are known as Valentine diners today.

Per the Wichita Eagle: “With the help of a few historical diner experts, it was determined that the building was most likely either the former Little Palace Lunch No. 1 from 3037 E. Douglas or the Continental Grill No. 2 from 3012 E. Douglas.”


It is a rare structure that stands out as a piece of Americana, but it may have a few issues when it comes to moving. According to Greg Kite, a preservationist, the floor is cement, which will be extra heavy to move, and the underneath steel structure is rusted out. These, however, are not game changers in the ability to move the diner.


Seller Comments

“We don’t have the capacity to maintain or fix up this crazy piece of history – but we’re looking for someone who wants to make this a project of a lifetime.”


 If interested in a property, please contact the realtor whose link is provided in the post below, or contact an agent of your own choosing. Independent verification of details and status is recommended.

Douglas, Kansas Free

Contact Seller Serious Inquiries Only: A. Sutherland [email protected]



Photos from The Preservationist








Wichita Eagle 2019




    Omigoodness, that’s adorable. I didn’t expect it to still have the quaint tile and lunch counter stools. If someone had the space, it would serve beautifully as a backyard party spot. I hope the castle finds a wonderful new home.

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