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New life for old Geneva diner

Those who stopped into the old Patti’s Lakeview Diner were treated to not only good eats made from scratch but also a side of the restaurant’s operator, Patti Guererri, whose big personality made the visit complete.

But on May 2, 2004, Guererri served her diner’s last meal.

Guererri didn’t want to shut down the restaurant on Lake Street, but she was forced to do so.

The city wanted the land for the construction of the Hampton Inn and used eminent domain proceedings to take it. She was offered a spot at what is now Bicentennial Park. It turned out to be cost-prohibitive for the city, said Guererri, so the diner was done.

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