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Hub Drive In landmark to be demolished

October 23, 2013

Aerial shot of The Hub Drive In taken in the 1970’s. 
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FULDA FREE PRESS/Submited Photo
Aerial shot of The Hub Drive In taken in the 1970’s.
By Rebecca Hudson
When its doors close on October 26, a long time Slayton landmark will be gone, but certainly not for good. The Hub Drive In, which for decades has been a favorite eating spot and ice cream treats stop in Slayton, will be undergoing a complete metamorphosis during the long days of winter. When spring rolls around, it will awaken as a brand new and improved drive in facility.

The drive-in restaurant, which was originally built in the 1950s and renovated and enlarged in the 1980s, is scheduled to be razed this fall. In its place will be a structure, according to owner Dayton Westra, which will seat more people more comfortably and be able to accommodate guests and staff alike more efficiently.

The new restaurant will be set further back from the road than the existing building, thus allowing for a spacious parking lot and car hop area. “We’re going to take what we have,” Westra explains, “and stretch it out lengthwise.”

“We had to make some changes,” he says. “And if we want to continue to grow, it just wouldn’t be cost effective to renovate this building.”

So, plans have been drawn and approved, and contractors hired. All that is left is to wait for the end of the drive-in season General Contractors Mike and Lewayne Pigman of Tri-State Building, along with Dayton, have designed the new building. “We will be using many local contractors for the work, including local electricians, plumber, and mechanical,” he adds.

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