Historic Diner For Sale
Why Be Ordinary When You Can Be Extraordinary
There has been a diner on the corner of Tipton Street (Hwy 50 West) and Chestnut Street in the town of Seymour, Indiana, for over 70 years. There are many reasons why Larrison’s Diner has survived where many old establishments have failed in modern times. One reason is that the diner has occupied a building that borders two main thoroughfares. One is a State Highway and the other is a main downtown street. The thriving city of Seymour is literally at the crossroads of I-65 going north and south and U.S. Highway 50 going east and west. Secondly, Larrison’s Diner has maintained a level of tradition by always serving old-style hamburgers, hand-cut fries, and hand-dipped shakes, along with a variety of many other popular food items. Thirdly, are the generations of customers who have patronized this local hot spot. Not many establishments have the opportunity to continually serve decade after decade of a community’s families, along with all the new people who are constantly joining our growing city. Perhaps another element in the success of the longevity of this diner is that only a few families have owned it over its long enduring lifetime. The diner is believed to have begun in the late 1930’s by one of Seymour’s many entrepreneurs, named Ed Auffenburg. Ed established the diner and shortly thereafter, sold it to Dean & George Hart so he could pursue other ventures. The diner stayed in the Hart family until 1974 when Ed & Jan Larrison purchased and expanded the business by the early 1980’s. In 1996 Liz and her brother Kevin purchased the business from their parents. So, for most of the diner’s existence, only two families have had the business for over 30 years.
Larrison’s Diner is located in Jackson County in Seymour, Indiana. Southern Indiana has rolling hills and vast areas of agriculture, making for some of the Midwest’s most beautiful rural settings. Notable connections to the diner, Seymour, and Jackson County are: rockers John Mellencamp & Larry Crane, author Jim Lillifores, the movie Falling From Grace, the infamous Reno Bros., 2009 Miss America Katie Stam, former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb, pro wrestler Rip Rogers, Col. Harlan Sanders & his original KFC recipe, the Tuskegee Airmen, and Forrest Lucas (Lucas Oil), to name a few. Many are surprised when they realize the history and contributions made from this ‘Small Town’ and rural Jackson County.
Seymour, while proud of its rural roots, has also grown in industry due to its ideal location in Southern Indiana. North from I-65 is the city of Indianapolis and south from I-65 is Louisville, Kentucky. Either one of these cities is not much more than an hour away. East-West and North-South railways have also contributed to growth and manufacturing in Seymour. That is why Seymour is often called the Crossroads of Indiana. Old U.S. Highway 50 can also provide a more nostalgic drive to Cincinnati or St. Louis. Dubbed ‘America’s Loneliest Highway’, Highway 50 runs from our eastern shore to our western shore of the United States. The college town of Bloomington (Indiana University) is also only one hour’s drive from Seymour.
Liz and Kevin have no more family to pass the business down to; so who will carry on the legacy of this successful, familiar diner? They are now currently scouting for a new family or entrepreneurial spirit willing to grab the reigns of this Southern Indiana tradition. If you are ‘in the spirit’ to begin your own legacy in the restaurant business, why risk costly franchises and new start-ups? We’ll put you in a turn-key business with a 70-plus-year old, customer established piece of Hoosier history. We’ll teach you our unique bun and plate code, and our floor calling system that has entertained and amazed diner patrons for years. Become a part of our diner legacy at Larrison’s Diner.