In the year 1935, a restauranteur named William Kulikowski from Long Island, New York, opened the original Columbia Diner near the Warren Theater. That building was moved to the corner of 9H and Route 66 in early 1946 and became the Brick Tavern Crossroads.
On September 5, 1946, the first half of the new Columbia Diner (constructed by the Jerry O. Mahoney Co. of Elizabeth, NJ) came up the Hudson River on a barge and was set on a concrete foundation in its current location. Two days later on September 7, the second half of this building arrived and was set into place next to the first one. On Tuesday, October 8, 1946, the formal opening took place, with the former town mayor and friend of Mr. Kulikowski, Fred Wheeler, officiating. When the diner opened on this day, it was one of the few places in town that had air conditioning - the original "Air Conditioned" sign still hangs proudly outside. The heating in the building was state-of-the-art radiant heat, said to be one of the first of its kind then.
Back in the day, workers would come in for a meal before and after their shifts at the mill, and high school students would meet their friends after school football games for a burger and a coke. Although the name of the diner has changed and the menu is a bit different (better for you and the environment), people can still carry on the old traditions of Columbia County folks by meeting friends at this historic spot for a burger (completely grass-fed, locally raised and Animal Welfare Approved with an organic, locally made bun) and a soda pop (local and organic from our old-fashioned fountain).