A more than 40-year-old diner in downtown Valparaiso is now set to close permanently instead of its previous plan for relocation. The owners of Round the Clock tell our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana the effort to move to a new site fell through and the diner’s last day will be May 1.
The diner, located at 217 E. Lincolnway, was being displaced due to the city’s plan for a $37 million mixed-use development known as The Linc. The owners originally agreed to relocate in order for the property to be available for the project, which will include residential, retail, restaurant and parking space.
“While our plan was to seamlessly move into a new location here in Valpo, this is no longer the case. We hope to someday reopen in our beloved city of Valparaiso,” the restaurant said in a post on Facebook. “When we do close, we strongly hope you will consider dining with us at our sister location in Chesterton. Not only will you find the same owners, and the exact menu, but a lot of familiar faces too.”
The owners said beginning Easter Sunday, the restaurant’s hours are being cut back due to workers leaving for new jobs.
Round the Clock was founded in Gary in 1963, and the downtown Valpo location opened in 1979. There are additional Round the Clock restaurants under different ownership in Schererville, Highland, Knox and Plymouth.