After reports of the Waverly Diner's gutting for renovation, the place suddenly looked shut down and abandoned, with the neon sign gone from the front and ominous plywood in the windows--some decorated with "Yuppies go home" graffiti.
Had the renovation money run out? Was this another project dead in the water? Would we soon see a bank take over the corner?
All seemed lost.
But now the plywood has been taken down and, above the papered half of the windows, you can see new lighting fixtures and dark-wood paneling on the walls that recall the old Waverly.
From the limited view, the new Waverly looks a lot warmer than the original renderings would suggest.
There is hope.
Rendering by Jorge Fontan