Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dilly Diner

Tampa, Florida
Air Conditioned   -   Open 24 Hours

I'm no expert on car id's, but that beige 2-tone station wagon looks like a 1953 Ford.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Grove Diner

Kodachrome by Joseph Morsello
68th and Ognotz Avenue   -   Philadelphia, PA
One of Philadelphia's Favorite Diners serving 10,000 patrons weekly 
with excellent food from a modern kitchen.  Open 24 hours daily.  Ample Parking Space. 
Our other Diner, 8705 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Penna.

According to Diners of Pennsylvania this particular diner model was a 1948 Paramount.
Checking a street view on Google maps I see the brown brick building in the background is still standing, but the corner is now home to a Mini Mart.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fulton Diner Restaurant

Fulton St.   -   Farmingdale, Long Island
Tel. 1139
Cocktail Bar - Accommodations for 10 to 250 People

The Bomb-A-Dear illustration tells me this is a World War II era matchbook. The only other thing I know about this place is that in June 1945 they were advertising four complete sets of pool tables for sale. They may have been upgrading their tables, or getting out of the pool table business, or just getting out of business altogether.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gateway Diner

Rio Grande Avenue
"100 yards East of the Light"
Rio Grande, N. J.
Seating Room for 150 Guests  -  Phone Wildwood 2-4430
Owner & Prop.  Nick Gligor

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Route 6, Danielson, Conn.
"New England's Most Modern Dining Car"

Opened in 1954 - Still Operating and a 3rd generation family business. Although the original address of the diner was listed as Danielson, it actually resides in Dayville. Dayville is a historical district and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

A short history of the diner can be found on Zip's website.
I love that Bill Griffith who draws Zippy the Pinhead occasionally features this diner in his comics.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mayflower Cafe

The Mayflower Cafe is Wyoming's Finest Cafe.
Located in the Heart of Cheyenne, 1/2 Block from all Highways.
Famous from Coast to Coast for Quality Foods and Excellent Drinks.
"Visit the Mayflower Deck Lounge"

Opened in 1928, The Mayflower was operated by brothers Sam, George, and Gus Andrews, Greek immigrants who had moved to Wyoming from Nebraska. The cafe expanded in 1947 to include a tavern. Eventually George's son Phil built Mayflower Dance Hall, billed as the largest western dance hall in Wyoming. A fire in 1976 destroyed the buildings on 17th Street and the site is now home to Grand Avenue Pizza.

Another view of the Mayflower Cafe which can be purchased to hang on your wall (I am not affiliated with this site.)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Victory Diner

Home Cooking
On Route 222 between Ephrata & Akron
Phone Ephrata 9062-J-11

The weirdest looking phone number I think I've seen.
This looks like a World War II era illustration.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tom's Grill

Good things To Eat
CO. 3-4565  -  1314 Hillside Ave.  -  Clarksville, Tenn.
"Only the Best"
Hot Lunches  -  Cold Drinks  -  Bottle Beer

I couldn't find a "Hillside Ave." in Clarksville.
Its name may have been changed since this Diner lived there.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Chili Bowl

12244 W. Pico Blvd.  -  Los Angeles, CA
"Get the Chili Bowl Habit"
Barbu-cated Steaks Spaghetti
"An Institution Built Thru Merit"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fairlynne Diner

2621 Mt Ephraim Ave.  -  Camden 4,  N.J.
Air Conditioned for Your Comfort  -  Open 24 Hrs.
Serving the Finest Food at Reasonable Prices
Banquet Room Available for Your Parties - Weddings - Business Men's Luncheons
For Reservation Call  WO. 3-9379 or WO. 3-0517
Your Friendly Hosts  -  Al & Helen Czajkowski
All Baking Done on Premises

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Miss New London Diner

55 Truman St.    -    New London, Conn. 
Phone  2-3933
The Best in Food  -  Specials Every Day
Try Our Delicious Dinners

55 Truman St. is currently occupied by "Expert Tire Co."

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Dixie Pig

Everybody Eats at The Dixie Pig in Abilene

1401 Butternut Street  -  Abilene, Texas

The Dixie Pig proclaims on its menu to be Abilene's Oldest Restaurant. It began operation in 1931. Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Langford were the proprietors.

One ad read, "Specializing in Short Orders, Sandwiches, Candies, Tobaccos. Featuring Those After the Show - Late at Night Snacks."

                                                             Here's another ad from 1937:

The original building was demolished in 1941 and replaced with a brick structure still at 14th and Butternut

Folks in Abilene love the Dixie Pig so much they had it declared a historical landmark

Still serving biscuits and gravy for breakfast.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dean's Diner

Rt. 22,  Blairsville, Pa.
Located 42 miles east of Pittsburgh in the foothills of the beautiful Allegheny Mountains.
Serving the public for 24 years. We never close.

There were at least three Dean Diners. The original Dean's opened in the summer of 1927 in Indiana, PA at Philadelphia and Seventh St. The Blairsville location, 16 miles south of Indiana, was operating as early as 1934. A third location opened in 1937 in Huntingdon, about 80 miles east of Blairsville. The Blairsville diner was damaged by fire in 1942, but was either restored or rebuilt. All three locations seem to have been operating in the 1950s. I could only find the Blairsville diner still in operation.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Monarch Diner

Meet you at The Monarch Diner
Route No. 1    Saugus, Mass
Open 24 Hours Daily
Air Conditioned

Monarch Diners, Inc.

Waltham, Mass.  Route 20        -        Dover, N.H.  Route 16

There were at least a few more "Monarch" diners in Massachusets, New Hampshire, and New York.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Karter's Diner

18180 W. Bluemound Rd.  -  Brookfield Wis
The largest dining car in the midwest,
Located on Hy. 18 and Bluemound Rd.  -  Just West of Milwaukee
Only 2 minutes away from Brookfield square, largest shopping center in the country.
Serving Wisconsin cheese spread.
Phone 786-4667

Peter Karter was born in Minneapolis, raised in Greece and returned to the U.S. to become an innovative entrepreneur. In 1955 he brought the first stainless-steel 24-hour diner to Wisconsin. 
It was one of the largest Mountain View diners ever built.
After Karter retired, the diner eventually became Eliot's Diner, then:

It was moved to Kentucky in the late 1980s.
In 2009 the diner was languishing in a field, awaiting restoration.
Has anyone in Louisville seen this diner?

Strong Coffee

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Boulevard Diner

473 Conn. Blvd.     East Hartford, Conn.

This diner was for sale in 2004. I hope someone saved it.
Orange formica boomerang countertops!

Beau Brummel Restaurant

3100 Highland Drive  -  Salt Lake City, Utah
Smorgasbord Wednesday thru Sunday
Table D'Hote Dinners Every Day

The Beau Brummel Restaurant serves wonderful Food in Old World Charm, featuring "The Finest Smorgasbord between Stockholm and San Francisco."
Dining Room and Coffee Shop Open 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 A.M.

1948 photo of restaurant. Pastry Shoppe is on the left.
 In 1936 the original Beau Brummel was located was located at 131 South Main St. The restaurant on Highland opened in 1947 and was owned by George and Ruth Glaus. They also ran the Glaus French Pastry Shoppe next door. The Glauses sold the business to A. Alan Coombs at the end of 1949 and he operated it until 1971, when he retired. In 1974 the restaurant was destroyed by a fire. I couldn't tell if the Beau Brummel ever reopened, but  Glaus French Pastry / Beau Brummel Bakery lives on at the same location.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Overlea Diner

6652 Belair Road at City Line,  Rt. #1  -  Baltimore, Maryland
Booth and Table Service  --  Rest Rooms
Phone - Hamilton 9801            Operated by: P. Montgomery, W. Bier

Still in operation!

Monday, July 20, 2015

C & M Cafe

148 No. First St.   -   Phoenix, Arizona
Good Food is Good Health

I found three C&M Cafes in old Arizona newspaper files. I don't know if they were related. The first was the C&M Cafe in Phoenix. They were looking for a bus boy in 1944. The second one was a C&M Cafe for sale in Benson (east-southeast of Tucson) in 1948. The third one was a C&M in the 3600 block of N. Oracle Road (nw side of Tucson) in 1949.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bon Air Restaurant

U.S. Highway 231 --  431 North -- 5 blocks from Uptown HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA
Phone JE 2-5562
Air Conditioned  -  Serves Regular Dinners  -  Short Orders
Steaks  -  Sandwiches  -  All kinds of Homemade Pies.
Excellent Air Conditioned Bon-Air Motel in connection.
Mr. & Mrs. R.E. Hicks, Owners & Managers.

Fond memories of the Bon-Air

Brickett's Diner and Restaurant

50 Railroad Street  -  St. Johnsbury, Vermont

I looked at a street view of this address on Google Maps. There is an eating establishment
at the same location called Anthony's Diner, but it looks nothing like this building.

Johnny's Fish Bowl

2323 W. Santa Barbara  -  Los Angeles, Calif.
Steaks  -  Chili
Fine Liquors & Cocktails 
AX. 9849   

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Curb Service

Dreamline Diner

The Diner of Sizzling Steaks
Meals & Short Orders    Barbecue Sandwiches
Route 22  1/4 Mi. East of Lewistown, Pa.

Georgetown Grill

The Georgetown Grill on Highway U.S. 6, Colo.  Alt. 8640 Ft.

I saw a card like this listed on ebay that was dated 1946.

Plaza Diner & Bar

Bridge Plaza South    -    Long Island City, N.Y.
ST .4-9596       ST. 49773

New Kwality Cafe

Quality Foods  Popular Prices
We Never Close
503-Main St.    -    Oregon City, Ore.
J. Jager, Prop.

Tie and tails at a diner? hmmmm.
I wonder if this place really had a maitre'd, too.