Who wants a pre-fab diner building for the low price of free? There’s one in Douglass, KS

There is a website called Cheap Old Houses and they scour new real estate listings daily, coast to coast, searching for cheap old homes and buildings for sale for under $120k. They then handpick the most beautiful of the bunch and share them with you.

One of the latest listings is located in Douglass, KS and it comes in at the low price of FREE!

In the description on their Facebook page, they said:

Douglass, KS — FREE if moved! “A castle-shaped 1930s-era portable metal diner that years ago was home to a Wichita burger stand on East Douglas but that has been hidden on a rural property in Butler County for decades could find new life if moved.

This building was constructed by Ablah Hotel Supply sometime between 1934-1935. Ablah was based out of Wichita, KS; they built these pre-fab diners in the late ’20s through mid to late 1930s. 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. This is the only definite Ablah Hotel Supply castle-shaped diner survivor and is in remarkable shape. It’s an important building both from an architectural and a roadside Americana standpoint.

Its steel framed with riveting and approximately 20′ x 20′ — the building was originally moved to the current location using a crane; it would take some significant logistics and money to move off of the property. If you’re interested in acquiring, moving, and restoring this building, please contact Ada at adasuth15@gmail.com” 

This literally can be yours for free if you can move it.

After that, throw in some elbow grease, a cheap contractor, find a small piece of land to place it, and you might have yourself the coolest little restaurant in town. Perhaps you could revive Moe’s Sub Shop, have a restaurant called Doc’s Steakhouse Garlic Salad to Go, bring back The Cedar and their chicken enchiladas, the ideas are endless.

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