In 1926, there was some real excitement in Downtown Kenosha when six horses pulled Franks’ Diner to the spot where it stands today. The structure was built by the Jerry O’Mahony company in New Jersey, and shipped to Kenosha on a railroad flatcar. Anthony Franks, who first learned of the unique restaurant opportunity through a magazine article, paid $7,500 plus $315 in shipping charges to launch his business. He added a dining room in 1935 and a larger kitchen in the mid 1940s. The Franks family operated the diner until 2001 when it was purchased by Chris Schwartz, Lynn Groleau and Kris Derwae from Don Franks and John Gilmores. Chris and Lynn sold the diner to Julie Rittmiller and Kevin Ervin in 2010.