Skeeter's Diner closed in downtown Whiting

Skeeter's Diner in downtown Whiting has closed.

Downtown Whiting's resolutely old-school 1950s-style Skeeter's Diner has closed.

The vintage restaurant at 1510 119th St. shuttered, and the building is for sale, according to a sign posted in the window.

"On June 4, 2017 we will be closing our doors for the last time," a note posted on the door said. "We would like to thank you for all the wonderful memories we will be taking with us."

The restaurant served traditional breakfast staples such as skillets, omelettes and corned beef hash amid a backdrop of purple vinyl booths, formica tables and posters of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Skeeter's Diner even had a retro lunch counter, a checkerboard floor, a telephone booth, a retro jukebox and memorabilia like old Pepsi signs.

It was so vintage it was recently a setting for the short film "Ketchup & Blood" about young African-American students staging a lunch counter sit-in at a segregated diner to protest for their civil rights.

Writer/director Ryan Nanni from Columbia College picked it as a backdrop for his period film because he thought it best captured the 1963 setting.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.