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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Foster Street Diner - Peabody, MA

Back in October 2007, Brian Lightbown, owner of Inline Auto Body purchased the land at 94 Foster Street, intending to use it as a parking lot. There was a posting on an online classified ad site listing the diner for sale, though he was not able to give the diner away. An article in the Salem News provides an update on the situation. Reportedly, the diner will move to storage in Rhode Island later this week. Read the article here.

This diner was car number 598 and manufactured by the Worcester Lunch Car Company in 1928. When we visited the diner, we noticed the interior retains many of its original characteristics.The counter's front wall is covered in white rectangular tile with a narrow black tile geometric pattern. The picture to the left shows the interior of the Tin Man diner, as an example, albeit a different geometric and color. It would be around a decade later before Worcester used the single tile stripe bordered by stainless steel on the counter and inside walls.

The floor is covered in small ceramic hexagon tiles. Bordering the edge is an intricate mosaic of small square tiles. You just won't see this replicated in any of the newer diners.

Similarly to the picture at left, the Foster Street also has its counter stools connected together with a foot rail. Though the stool top, pedestal and base are different. The Tin Man's pedestals are smooth circular and Foster's is a square pyramid style with a square base. Foster's also has the hardwood circular stool tops.

The Foster is a small diner making transportation easier. It would fill a niche operating as a stand alone diner or part of a larger facility. We hope it won't be long before this one is back in service.

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