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Diner in New Albany off to a fast start

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New Albany, In. (WDRB News) -- It is one of downtown New Albany's newest restaurants.

D.P. Updogs is a small 10-seat diner that recently opened serving hot dogs and ice cream.

The Scott family took over the operation late last year that used to be known as the Little Chef.  It had fallen on hard times, so the new owners spent five months restoring the 1958-built diner.

"Everything is original," says Mickie Scott, the restaurant manager and daughter of the owner. "We have done our best to revive it and make it look new again."

Mickie says her family wanted to be part of the growing restaurant scene in downtown New Albany. "The downtown has had a revival the past four years," she says. "It has really flourished, local businesses and restaurants have come downtown."

Those who work to promote downtown New Albany say there is plenty of variety here with more to come.  "We have a French restaurant, we have Italian, we've got Cuban, and just this month a barbecue restaurant opened up," says Susan Kaempfer, the current president of Develop New Albany.

Next month Kaempfer says an Asian restaurant is expected to open. But she says some parts of the puzzle of downtown revitalization remain missing.

"I think we are looking for some additional retail to help with what is happening downtown," says Kaempfer.

And she looks forward to a couple large scale housing developments still on the drawing board to become a reality. That would help bring in more customers to the new restaurants here.

Back at the newly reopened diner so far, things are going well. "Business has been really good," says Mickie Scott, smiling.

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