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Friday, March 6, 2009

New Diner Planned for Boston

Market Diner
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In the news today is the Boston Herald article by Donna Goodison. According to her article, Continental Concepts has a 225-seat restaurant on the drawing board. It's expected to open in Boston, Massachusetts in the 2010 time frame.

While it won't be a factory manufactured diner, it will include elements reminiscent of a 1960's diner. The 1960's are included in what's referred to as the "space age" era. Optimism of the time was reflected in the design of diners. Manufacturers included very large overhanging roofs with recessed lighting and zig-zag roof lines. Pictured above and to the right is the Market Diner in New York City. It was built in 1964 by DeRaffele Manufacturing Company, Inc. in nearby New Rochelle. The diner reopened in December of 2008.

Earlier in the week we wrote about another article mentioning Richard J. S. Gutman. Continental Concepts has retained the services of Mr. Gutman in their design of the Continental Diner. This isn't the first time Mr. Gutman has been involved in restaurant design. Several years ago he consulted with Silver Diner Development, Inc., on the design of their diners. In January Bulletin Newspapers published Scott Wachtler's in depth interview with Mr. Gutman. That article includes a picture of his kitchen with a Worcester Lunch Car Company inspired counter. Mr. Wachtler's entire article may be read here.

We'll follow this story as it develops.

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