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Historic 1940s American diner goes up for sale on eBay

Mimi's Vintage Diner is one of only four authentic US diners in the UK Photo: mimisdiner/ eBay

A historic 1940s American diner that was brought to Britain from the US 25 years ago has been put up for sale on e-Bay.

Mimi's Vintage Diner is one of only four authentic US diners in the UK - it was built in New Jersey in 1949 and traded until 1992 under the name 'Ted's Plaza Diner'.

It was moved to St Austell in Cornwall and remained in business for another 24 years.

It's owner Ben Whitehouse lovingly restored the interiors and exteriors to their original glory, renaming the diner Mimi after his daughter.

A lot of love and care has been put into the restoration of this"

– Ben Whitehouse
Mimi's is ready to move site and trade under a new owner. Credit: mimisdiner/ eBay

Now, Ben's decided to part with it.

We love this place - sadly personal reasons have meant we have had to put it up for sale.

– Ben Whitehouse

Anyone able to afford the £360,000 price tag would buy themselves a piece of history - and potentially a profitable business. Ben says that diners have become iconic buildings in their own right, drawing a crowd of customers who want to experience the dining experience they've seen in american movies.

To our knowledge there is one remaining diner manufacturer in the US.

– Ben Whitehouse
Diners are often a popular setting for photoshoots and film locations. Credit: mimisdiner/ eBay

The listing is fully operational, and comes complete with kitchen equipment, a fully fitted out seating area, and the capacity to feed 48 diners.