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Historic Beaumont diner in need of interested buyers

BEAUMONT - The Pig Stand No. 41 on Calder Ave. in Beaumont has been the victim of neglect and vandalism since its closing in 2006.  But it was once a hotspot for family fun.

The fast-food diner First opened in 1941.  It was known for its flying saucer shape, drive-in, pig sandwiches and milkshakes.

“It was kind of THE place to go," said Darlene Chodzinski, executive director of the Beaumont Heritage Society.

Chodzinski said she hopes the building soon finds an owner who will keep it the way it is.

“It's the only one still standing that is in this particular style, so that's what makes it so very very important, historically significant," said Chodzinski.

The first Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921, becoming the first drive-in restaurant in the United States. It eventually had more than 100 chains across the country.

The Pig Stand on Calder officially went on the market about a year ago. The listing agent said he has received a few bites, but that no one has been willing to pay the $390,000 asking price.

The reason the price tag is as high as it is is because the property for sale not only includes the restaurant, but also the vacant lot right next to it on the corner of Calder and MLK.

The price does not include the hundreds of thousands of dollars it could cost to bring the building up to code, including fixing the electricity, plumbing, and removing asbestos.

Problems aside, some find it hard to believe people aren't jumping at the chance to own a piece of history.

“It’s got that late 1950's, early ‘60's look, and it's really a shame someone hasn't stepped up and took it over. It could be a really cool building," said Beaumont resident John Roland, who said he eats his lunch under the Pig Stand drive-in awning almost every day.

“There is not another one like this in the country. We really need to make sure we save it," said Chodzinski.

Chodzinski says the building is eligible to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. If it is added, she says the exterior of the building may not be altered.
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