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Newport News’ Blentson’s Iconic Blue Star Diner Up for Sale

July 24, 2021

Some six decades after Greek immigrants Angelo Blentson and his wife Fotini ‘Fannie’ Blentson bought the Blue Star Diner in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia for $50,000 and moved it to Newport News, Virginia, it's for sale.

Angelo Blentson died in 1991 at 59 and his wife Fotini passed away in 2010, leaving behind an iconic diner with a slanted blue roof that was featured in the 1988 film Zelly and Me.

The current owner, Michael Lessin, said he still has passion for the diner but it's become too difficult trying to get it going again because he has to commute from his home in Washington, DC. So he wants to sell it to someone with the same zest, said The Daily Press.

It was built in 1957 by the Manno Dining Car Company of New Jersey and sold to the Blentsons, who set it up in Woodstock, Virginia, naming it after a diner they knew from New Jersey, the paper said.

They moved it because business wasn't good in the winter, paying a trucker $3,000 to take it 250 miles to the spot where it stands.


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