Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Grand Cafe

Alamosa, CO
Where Friends Meet & Eat  -  Best Place to Eat in Colorado
Dine in Comfort  -  Air Conditioned  -  Quality Foods at Popular Prices

Not your typical "dining car" found on the East Coast, but representative of what a kid from the West might associate with the word "diner".

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Beacon Diner

The Largest and Most Modern Single Unit Diner Ever Built
Junction of Routes 29 and 45  -  Hometown, PA  -  between Tamaqua and Hazleton

From a postcard published by Edward I. Plottle Co., Scranton  - "This ultra-modern stainless steel dining car will accommodate 77 persons, and is air conditioned. You may relax and enjoy quality foods, reasonably priced, prepared in our Sanitary Kitchen. Rest Rooms, Parking Space and courteous curb service."

Friday, May 25, 2012

Royal Diner

312  9th St.   -   Ocean City, NJ

This diner was mentioned incidentally in a news item dated May 1954.

Monday, May 21, 2012

West Rochester Diner

Route 33 -  Two Miles West of Rochester  -  Rochester, NY
5 minute ride out Buffalo Road, opposite Dolomite

In 1939 West Rochester Diner was advertised as "The Most Elaborate Diner in New York State". They toned it down a little for another ad as "Rochester's only Super-Diner".  An ad from early 1940 reads, "Wait until you see the inside, modern and spic and span as the newest equipment can make it, plus a pledge to serve best foods in the best taste, economically and quickly. Bring the family. All Our Vegetables and Fruits are Birdseye Process Foods." You could get a Sunday dinner for 65 cents (children 1/2 price). Proprietor was Edward Dauphine, Chef was Ad Voyer

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mayfair Diner

100 W. Market Street   -   Elmira, NY

18 x 65 foot car made by Kullman Company. Moved from Elmira in the early 1960s to Vestal (just west of Binghamton). Acquired by the owner of The Common Man restaurant chain in 2001. Fate unclear.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Busse's Park Grill

226 Elizabeth Avenue   -   Newark, NJ   -   Bigelow 2-8874
Management - Henry Busse

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Caesar's Wind Gap Diner

Route 12 and 115   -   Wind Gap, PA

Joseph Caesar opened his first diner in 1938; there would eventually be two Caesar Diners in Wind Gap. In the early 1990s this diner was sold to make way for a Wendy's restaurant. The diner was to be removed to another location, possibly for refurbishment and a new life?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kless Diner

Junction of Morris and Milburn Avenues   -   Springfield, NJ

Friday, May 4, 2012

Newington Diner

4 Cedar St.   -   Newington, CT

Another  "diner diner". The airplane in the clouds is a weird extra touch.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mari-Nay Diner & Bakery

Jim & Bill's Modern Mari-Nay Diner
Located 5 miles from Philadelphia in the heart of the Main Line District on the Lincoln Hwy. US Rte 30 near the King of Prussia interchange of the Pennsylvania Super Highway.

Mari-Nay Diner & Bakery   -   Lancaster Pike & Norwood Ave.   -   Rosemont, PA

I don't know enough about PA's roads to say if these diners are one and the same location. The illustrations certainly look like different diner cars. The top illustration bears some of the hallmarks of a Kullman car circa 1950 which are missing from the bottom illustration, namely, the "fluted" red porcelain with stainless steel trim  and the floor to ceiling glass blocks at the corners and near the entry.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Miss America

322 West Side Ave.   -  Jersey City, NJ

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Post Grill Diner

Corner Church and High Streets   -   Hartford, CT

Yeah, folks back then probably wouldn't go for a make-believel place to eat.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cross Keys Diner

Junction Routes 30 and 94   -   New Oxford, PA

Friday, April 27, 2012

Genesee Club Diners

1815 Genesee St.   -   South Utica, NY
Deerfield Corners   -   North Utica, NY

East Haven Diner

294 Main St.  (U.S. Route 1)  Post Road  -   East Haven, CT

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blue Star Diner

NJ Route 29 and U.S. 22   -   North Plainfield, NJ

 A much better view of the sign. It looks like the wooden turret is gone and the sign is on a steel framework -  from a postcard published by William Kitzmiller, Irvington NJ
A Good Place to Eat  -  Air Cooled

This modern, air conditioned, stainless steel diner seats 85 persons and is located
on N.J. Highway 29, U.S. 22, at North Plainfield, 40 minutes from New York City.
We do our own baking -- Our food is the finest.                  Phone Plainfield 5-9752