Nick McWilliams reporting – Over the Rail Diner will shutter this week after just over five years of operation.

The announcement, made public by the Dennison Depot Railroad Museum, notes that the final day of operation for the diner will be December 23rd.

Operators Tracie and Cliff Bolitho said that despite working their way through the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the permanent closure of many small restaurants and businesses, recent trends of a lack of workforce and rising costs for food have added to the decision to close.

Tracie Bolitho said that the decision to end their operations were made on their own, and that they leave the business with thankful hearts for years of support from the community and the museum Board of Trustees.

The annual Christmas Dinner which is free to all on December 25th will be offered again this year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a last thank you to the community.

Donations are accepted, and volunteers are welcome to stop by.

Executive Director of the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum Wendy Zucal says that as a part of the closure, the museum gift shop will be expanded, and a small café area will be introduced.

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