Porky's building will live on in Hastings

8:35 PM, Apr 12, 2011   |    comments
Porky's in St. Paul is closing its doors on Sunday
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HASTINGS, Minn. -- An iconic but closed-down St. Paul burger joint has found a new home.

The red-and-white checkered building that used to house Porky's drive-in will be moved from University Avenue to the Little Log House Pioneer Village six miles south of Hastings.

There it will become part of a collection of more than 50 historical buildings.

Steve Bauer, who owns the Little Log House Pioneer Village collection, bought the building and two of its signs from the Nora and Trygg Truelson who closed Porky's earlier this month after 58 years in business.

"I'm really into preservation," Bauer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Monday. "The other option for this building was not good -- it was a Dumpster. This is by far better than seeing it destroyed."

Most of the restaurant's contents were sold in an online auction, though Bauer told the Pioneer Press he negotiated the sale of the building privately. He declined to disclose the price.

The restaurant's iconic neon sign of a pig in a top hat was not part of the sale. The Truelsons have put the sign in storage amidst reports they will use it for a new food concession at the Minnesota State Fair.

Bauer spent Monday afternoon dismantling the building, including its awnings and storefront, so it can be moved. Semple Building Movers of St. Paul could begin rolling the Porky's building towards Hastings as early as this Saturday.

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With information from The St. Paul Pioneer Press/http://www.twincities.com

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