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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Weekend Roundup

Time period covered 2/8/2009-2/14/2009

The Weekend Roundup feature draws from some of our postings during this past week. It's purpose is a quick summary and one area of the blog where we usually don't include map links or pictures. At times we may include other items here not making the blog that may be of interest to our readers. We'd like to hear your comments or suggestions.

In this issue

Weekly Summary
Richard Chappy's Osgood Bradley Trolley Restoration Project Update
Fifty States Quarter Program, Round Two
Diner News and History Website Happenings

Weekly Summary

It was a quiet week for diner news. We received an update about the Cheyenne Diner. George Papas, the New York City property owner of where it currently sits, has put up a fence around the diner. Mel Brandt of M&M Rigging located in Pennsylvania, is in the process of getting all the permits in place before the move to Alabama. The diner's expected to move by the end of the month.

Fox25's "Diner Wednesday" segment visited the Mill Pond Diner in Wareham, Massachusetts. Our blog post includes a link to Fox25's video.

Richard Chappy's Osgood Bradley Trolley Restoration Project Update

Providence Journal Staff Writer Peter C.T. Elsworth wrote an article about Richard Chappy's project to restore the trolley that was once part of the Veteran's Square Diner. It was around 2002, when the diner was in Warwick, Rhode Island, that a car crashed into it. Plans were to demolish the entire structure, but in August of that year Mr. Chappy purchased and moved the trolley portion to Providence, Rhode Island. During the process he's not only identified the manufacturer--Osgood Bradley, but the year it was built and the trolley's serial number. Take a look at his project page and the photographs he's taken along the way.

We should note that not too far from the building containing the trolley, sits a 1939 O'Mahony diner. This diner originally operated as the Lemoyne Diner, in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. After seeing the pictures of the trolley, we await seeing how his restoration of the diner will turn out.

Fifty States Quarter Program, Round Two

Several Massachusetts news outlets have written about the U.S. Mint's anticipated 2010 release of new fifty states quarters. The previous release, 1999-2008 was so successful that the Mint has decided to release a new series.

The Mint has asked the governor of Massachusetts, "...to select one preferred and three alternate Massachusetts national sites to be featured on the reverse of a quarter." This link is to the page where you may vote on your favorites. Everyone here at Diner News and History encourages you to vote. The list includes these diners: Al's Diner in Chicopee, Miss Worcester Diner in Worcester, and The Rosebud in Somerville. According to their website, voting ends close of business on February 26, 2009.

Diner News and History Website Happenings

Our work continues on creating individual diner pages. Let us know what type of information you would like to see appear on the page. If there's missing information that you would like to fill in or correct, leave a comment on the page.

Diners for sale

We continue to get a good response to our post mentioning the buyadiner.com site. We are always interested in hearing about other diners that are for sale.

Additions / Deletions

One diner was added to the database.

Martin's Diner, found in dustboy4's picture on flickr.

There were no news reports of any classic diners being demolished, constructed, installed, or moved. Please let us know if we've missed something diner related happening this past week.

Our Second Poll Question

We've decided to extend our poll question to the end of the month. In case you missed it, we are looking for feedback on our Google Diner Map. Your input is very important and we ask that you take a minute and vote.

Article Tools

We invite you to visit our flickr diner photostream.

(*) This diner was added provisionally pending further investigation. If you have any information on them please write us.


Diner Exhibit Diner Exhibit Diners: Still Cookin' in the 21st Century Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson & Wales University
315 Harborside Blvd. Providence, RI View Map / Send to GPS*
Chuck Wagon Diner Chuck Wagon Diner Chuck Wagon Diner
655 Western Tpke. Duanesburg, NY View Map / Send to GPS*
Road Island Diner Road Island Diner Road Island Diner website
981 Weber Canyon Rd. Oakley, UT View Map / Send to GPS*
Tin Man Diner Tin Man Diner 70 County Rd. North Falmouth, MA View Map / Send to GPS*


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