N.Y. Drive-In Razed for CVS, Bank

Posted on: October 29th, 2007 by Margaret Foster 1 Comment

Annie’s by Rob YasinsacA classic drive-in restaurant with an American Graffiti look, Annie's Snack Shack in Stony Point, N.Y., was demolished earlier this month. A CVS and a bank will replace the 1951 building.

Annie Ciabattoni, whose family has owned the diner for the last 56 years, sold her 2.4-acre property to a Florida developer. On Sept. 11, the town board presented a plaque to Ciabattoni for her years in business.

Dozens of people turned out for Annie's last neon-lit night on Aug. 15.

"I spent over two hours at Annie's that night," writes Rob Yasinsac on his Web site, HudsonValleyRuins.org. "The night did not feel like a funeral, but rather a celebration. I don't imagine the same happening in 50 years when CVS or the bank close down." �

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One Response

  1. Chris

    November 1, 2007

    Thanks for posting this. I worked at this restaurant for 11 years (and ate there since I was 5). It’s sad to see corporate America just bulldoze something that defined a community. I started a website to keep Annie’s memories alive; http://www.anniessnackshack.com