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Friday, January 2, 2009

At the Melrose Diner

Melrose Diner, © 2009
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Updated 1/7/2009

Our last diner stop of the night was the Melrose Diner. At one time they had a website containing a section on the diner's history. Part of their site has been cached and is still available at archive.org.

Those pages spoke of the Melrose's long history in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Prior to their current location which opened in 1956, Dick Kubach owned a 1940 O'Mahony. His son took over this Snyder Avenue site in 1973. The diner remained in the family until mid-2007 when it was sold to Michael Petrogiannis. Petrogiannis also owns other area diners, one of them being the Mayfair Diner, which he we visited first thing Saturday morning.

Melrose is a large manufactured diner. It is consistent with diner styles and materials commonly used during the mid-1950s. Their former website made reference to it being built in 1956. What differentiates the Melrose from other diners is it's corners. Above the corner windows, Paramount employs a signature stacked design reminiscent of a "wedding cake."

As a side note, the diner's builder, Paramount Dining Cars was located in Haledon, New Jersey. About 1970 the business became Paramount Modular Concepts in Oakland. In recent years we aren't aware of any new diners they've built.

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