Pinebox Diner to Reopen

In the 1960s, the Pinebox Diner was a meeting place for Raven’s students, locals, and was known as having the best fresh pies in all of East Texas. However, in 1974, the Pinebox Diner shut its doors after thirteen years of serving our fair city. The owner, Tim Simmons, disappeared and as there was no owner, the enterprise had to end.

But now, Jimmy Tyler, a class of 65 alum of ETU, has purchased the diner’s remnants and is in the process of rebuilding the Pinebox icon. “It meant so much to me and I want to bring that same spirit back to our town.”

Mr. Tyler is planning a grand reopening on August first of this year. “The diner is going to be retro, like it was in the early 1960s. Authentic booths, a soda bar, and we are going to serve the biggest burgers in Texas, with huge orders of homestyle French fries, malts, and follow it up with homemade cherry and apple pies.”

The entire building has undergone basic reconstruction with a new roof, siding, and windows. “It’s been a dream of mine for many years, and now I am in a place where I can make it a reality,” Mr. Tyler said. “We have even purchased an authentic jukebox, though the music will be a mix of modern as well as the best of the sixties.”

“The place has great ambiance, and it’s like the spirits of the those who went ahead of us are there with us, hoping to make the diner come alive again.

This article was inspired by JD Wiker’s story Last Exit to Pinebox to be published in the Horror Anthology Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas. It is a ghostly tale with a horrific twist that anyone who has had to travel during the holiday season can identify with.

JD Wiker has been writing since he got his first (toy) typewriter at age 8. After years of struggling along as a stockboy, gas station attendant, disc jockey, computer systems operator, game designer, and IP developer, he returned to his first calling, and is currently working on his first novel. JD lives in Virginia with his wife Keri. This story was inspired in part by their drive across northern Texas when they relocated from southern California.

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