Residents remember history of Franklin restaurant

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The PH Bistro on South Main St. in Franklin has gone by many names over the years, but it's always been known as piece of Franklin's history.

"It's just a real pillar in this community," said Donna Combs, who used to frequent the restaurant.

Most people remember the bistro as Kinney's Dinebar Cafe, known for the best filet mignon in town for the best price.

"Filet Mignon, and baked potato and salad that Bill would prepare and everybody would stand in line," Combs said.
"It was really a popular restaurant up until the late 70's, people would come down from Dayton and Cincinnati, and you'd often see line half a block long to get in and eat," said Dan Darragh.
Darragh of the Franklin Area Historical Society says the building was built in 1892, and was first known as the Twins Restaurant in 1934 , before the name was changed to Kinney's Dinebar Cafe, it's most notable name for locals.
"I can remember going in with my dad when I was 3 years old, and at one point or another everybody in town used to go there," said Darragh.
After the Kinneys passed away the restaurant has had several different owners, with Tim Smith being the most recent.
"I had thousands of dollars worth in antiques that I inherited from my mom and just all the stuff from Franklin and all the memorabilia will never be replaced," Smith said.
Watching the century old building be demolished was a tough reality for community members who have frequented the restaurant over the years.
"I don't know if they'll ever be able to re-do the building or build it back up again but it's very unpleasant to see," Combs.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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