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Afton’s Old School Takes New Life as Diner

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AFTON, Iowa- David Hunter was looking for a place to open a 50's diner, he drew a circle on the map between Kansas City, and Minnesota.  He began looking for properties, and found the old Afton School.

“We have other ventures, and I need to be somewhere in the middle of there, so I drew a circle on the map, hey we need to be in here," said Hunter.

Afton East Union Schools has a new campus on the east edge of town, so the old school in town, was up for sale.

David, and his wife Sara were looking for a place between Sara's native Minnesota, and David's parents in Kansas City. The school in Afton was the place to open "School House Rock," a 50's diner.

The new place has competition, from the local Casey's, but no sit-down diners in the town.  So far after a soft-opening the diner has served hunters, local teachers, and this weekend will serve the Afton High Class of 1969, returning for a reunion.

"It was kind of abandoned, basically when I came out had to redo all the plumbing all the electrical, a lot of stuff wasn’t winterized, honestly this place has great bones, it’s probably one of the best built buildings here in town," said Hunter.  "We want to create an experience for another generation, we’re looking for a place where kids came come and have a date night, there’s just no place like that in this area."

School House Rock will also have a soda fountain, gift shop, and a mini-golf course next year.

Check School House Rock's Facebook page here.

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