One near-east side diner’s future in Indianapolis, IN

The Sanitary Diner has been vacant for years. What’s next for the retro haven?

Exterior shot of Sanitary Diner

You can find the Sanitary Diner at 99 Cruse St.

Photo by INDYtoday team

The possibilities are endless for this vacant diner tucked just behind Futuro on the near east side.

When we posted about this hidden gem back in January, you all seemed very interested in learning about its current status. Well, it looks like that’s still being decided.

It appears it’s currently occupied by 1820 Ventures LLC, who recently asked its Instagram followers what should be done with the space, saying “it really wants to be the epicenter of Elevator Hill.”

If you ask us, we think it should remain a diner + serve all the Hoosier classics — tenderloins, sweet corn, and sugar cream pie. What would you like to see?

We know what you’re thinking: what’s up with the name? The decision to call it “The Sanitary Diner” was apparently meant to advertise its cleanliness back in the 1930s, when tuberculosis was still prevalent.