DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — The iconic Shawmut Diner is finding a new home — in prison.
The owners of the prefab-style steel diner pulled the trigger Tuesday to complete the donation of the old building to the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth.
Last week, the diner had been hoisted onto the back of a truck, for a careful trek from the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Hathaway Road in New Bedford up to the Dartmouth House of Corrections.
In photos taken by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, owners Phil and Celeste Paleologos presented the keys to the diner to Sheriff Thomas Hodgson Tuesday morning. Several female inmates also posed for photos with the sheriff and couple.
The couple told the New Bedford Standard-Times they decided it would be more appropriate to give people a new beginning.
The diner will be used to train inmates in running a restaurant, how to work with customers, and skills for the food industry. Sheriff Hodgson told WPRI.com last week there are no set dates for such training or operations.