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CNN Article on Framingham

March 2nd, 2009

Ethan saw this article while reading through CNN Money today.  It talks about  Framingham’s small businesses and culture.  What I found most interesting is that in the slide show, “9 Stories: How we’re coping” Ken’s owner, Tim Hanna says they’re expanding this spring with what I think is a great idea:
After acquiring and refurbishing an old diner car, Hanna made plans to add a 1930’s style diner, fitted out with black-and-white TVs, costumed waitresses, and a menu featuring classics like green beans, meatloaf and gravy.  ‘It will be like stepping back in time, which will be fun,” says Hanna. “With so much doom and gloom, it will be a pleasant break.”

I’m looking forward to the diner, assuming it will be next to Ken’s or at least in Framingham.  Since they own the land they’re on, I’m guessing it will be on the same lot.  Anyway, that should be pretty cool to check out.


  1. This is an interesting post.

    I also think the ’50s diner car for Ken’s is a great idea!

    CNN is as biased to the left as FOX is to the right, so I take it that’s an article which could be quite polarizing depending upon what “players” in Framingham read and comment about it!

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril March 2, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  2. Very interesting! We just moved to Framingham recently and have not had a chance to check out Ken’s yet, but the diner car sounds great – we would definitely go there!

    Comment by Candi Chavez March 3, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

  3. Actually, having read the article, watched the video and looked at the snapshots, I don’t think it was too one-sided, though others certainly would disagree.
    I do think the article whitewashes a bit the complexities of downtown’s problems, and doesn’t provide enough of an historical backdrop which would highlight its plights over the last few decades. But that’s showbiz.

    Comment by Matt March 5, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

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