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Good ole Americana'

Celebrate 60 years of the B'ville Diner this weekend

When you think of staples in the Baldwinsville business community, the B'ville Diner must certainly come to mind.

First established as Grady's Diner, the Baldwinsville business has remained a fixture in the community for more than 75 years. This weekend, it will celebrate 60 years as the B'ville Diner.

"The diner has been an institution in the heart of Baldwinsville for so many years, it's a slice of good ole Americana and a historic roadside diner," said Mike Chemotti, who currently owns the B'ville Diner along with his wife, Laurie, and co-owners Jim and Laura Orlando. "Celebrating the establishment's anniversary with America's Independence seems appropriate," Mike added.

The 60th anniversary celebration will be held Friday and Saturday behind the diner. Both nights will feature free entertainment, food, fun and a family atmosphere under a large tent in the parking lot.

"We will be selling beer, wine, hotdogs, hamburgers, sausage sandwiches and BBQ pork sandwiches," Mike said. "The diner will also be open for all your everyday favorites as well."

The event will also feature a celebrity.

"Ron Palillo, Horshack from the 70's sitcom 'Welcome Back Kotter' will be on hand both nights to sign autographs," Mike said.

Grady's Diner opened in 1934 at 18 East Genesee St. in the village, where it still remains. Purchased by the Younis Family in 1950, the diner underwent a name change, which it maintains to this day -- the B'ville Diner. In 2002, the Orlando Family purchased the B'ville Diner and the Chemotti Family joined as partners in the business in 2006.

Having been a staple in the business district for more than 60 years, the diner means a lot to the local community.

"The B'ville Diner is one of the largest private employers within the village with more than 50 employees," Mike said.

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