A 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." �