This story originally appeared on PlanPhilly.
From greasy spoon to silver spoon. The site at 122 S.11th Street in Philadelphia once occupied by Midtown II Restaurant is set to become a 14-story, 86-room hotel with restaurants on the bottom two levels.
The iconic diner went up for sale in 2016 after more than 30 years of 24-hour service in Center City. It was one in a chain of four Midtown restaurants. The Midtown III at Rittenhouse Square is the last one left.
Former owner Gus Hionas told news outlets in 2016 business took a dive after a Philadelphia Inquirer article reported health code violations at the restaurant.
The diner closed in June 2016 and was purchased the following December by Sansom Realty Holdings, LL for $3.85 million.