Larrison's Diner has been a traditional downtown cafe for over 45 years, though activity at this location spans back much further. Originally built as a grocery store over 100 years ago, the building at 200 South Chestnut then became a dairy. In the late 1930s, it is believed that Ed Auffenberg put in a grill and started selling hamburgers by the sack.
George and Dean Hart purchased the diner in the early 1940s and the Hart family continued to run the diner until 1974. Ed and Jan Larrison leased the popular restaurant for one year in 1974 and then purchased the business in 1975.
The Larrison's expanded the capacity of the small cafe in the 1980s by purchasing the building next door. Including the 202 South Chestnut building allowed additional dining areas, storage, public restrooms, and office space. It also doubled the serving capacity of the diner. Ed and Jan retired from the restaurant in 1996 and their daughter Liz, and son Kevin purchased the business.
The Larrison family has carried on a proud downtown tradition that has endured for nearly 80 years.