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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today in Diner History. . .

On this date in 2007 the Victory Diner was moved from 1781 Richmond Road to storage at the Parks Department in Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY. Prior to this move it had been there since 1964. Here's a picture of this 1940s Kullman Challenger model diner at its Richmond Road location. The Staten Island Advance posted a video of the diner moving.

The diner's appeared in Easy Money and The Education of Max Bickford.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MN - LANESBORO. Spud Boy Diner

Spud Boy
Photo by flickr pro ellenmac and
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Over the years how many have started a project only to wonder what they got themselves into. Diners were manufactured a certain way, so taking one apart and putting it back together sounds simple enough. Though it isn't until the first nail is pulled, a porcelain enamel steel panel is removed, the Formica ceiling panels are taken down, or a structural item is inspected, that unexpected challenges may arise.

Very few people have hands-on experience performing multiple diner restorations. Steve Harwin is well known in the diner restoration industry. He's taken on diners that some wouldn't touch and brought them back to life. On his oh-diners.com website there are examples of diners he's worked on. Gordon Tindall is another person on this list.

In case you haven't followed Gordon's work, take a look at the Youtube videos Joseph Dupont posted, chronicling the restoration of the Spud Boy Diner. In late 2008 the diner moved from Towanda, Pennsylvania to Lanesboro, Minnesota. The finishing touches are being performed and it is expected to open this summer.

The Post-Bulletin posted an article today about Gordon, his wife Val and the Spud Boy Diner. Seeing the diner as it progressed through the restoration is a testament to the hard work and determination of Gordon and Val. We commend their efforts and look forward to visiting the diner.

We'll write more here as information about the diner becomes available.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

MA - North Falmouth. Tin Man Diner

We often get visitors to this site as the result of Google searches. It's good to see people are searching diners for sale. We recommend the buyadiner.com web site.

Another search term we often see is for the Tin Man Diner. In the past we've written a number of blog posts about the diner. We thought our readers would be interested in a Cape Cod Times article posted today. This particular article is about Susan Kettell Lind, daughter of Barbara Lind, the diner's operator. Please read the article and keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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Tin Man Diner
70 County Rd.
North Falmouth, MA
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Candacy A. Taylor

Tomorrow, March 11, 2010, Candacy A. Taylor the author of, "Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress" will be at the San Carlos Library. We last tweeted about her book on December 7, 2009.

During February over on twitter we encouraged everyone to vote for her proposal at the Pepsi Refresh Project Grants for Education. Her proposal was to create a multimedia exhibit on the American Diner Waitress. Although the voting ended February 28th, we encourage those of you not knowing about this to take a look at her proposal.

For more information about Candacy A. Taylor, why not join her tomorrow, 7PM at the San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA. Or visit . . .

website: http://www.taylormadeculture.com/Taylor_Made_Site/HOME.html
blog: http://counterculturewaitress.wordpress.com/
Amazon: http://bit.ly/99fuho

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Today In Diner History. . .

On this date in 1938, Allendale, New Jersey resident, Irving B. Cooper received patent number 2107854 entitled "Vehicle Body Construction." Though he filed on April 21, 1937 it wasn't until the following February when the patent was issued. This patent specifies an arched floor, preventing the floor from sagging once everything is installed. It also mentions the numerous other structural improvements. The entire patent and accompanying drawings may be viewed on the Google Patent website.

According to page 239 of "American Diner Then & Now" by Richard J. S. Gutman, Mr. Cooper, "...was vice president in charge of design and production for the diner division" of Paterson Vehicle Company. This is the company that built diners under the name Silk City Diner.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

In the News - Harley's Diner

Harley's Diner
Photo by flickr pro msmail and appears here
under Creative Commons
update: 2/5/2010 This article was originally posted back on December 20, 2008.

The Diner is expected to reopen as Little Richards Diner on March 1st, under the ownership of Ed and Ann Richards. Read the entire Fairbanks Daily News Miner article. See additional flickr pictures here.

Harley's Diner MC was designed for the extremes of North Pole, Alaska. It's comprised of three modules built in 2007 by Frey-Moss Structures of Atlanta, Georgia. Jan Thacker, writing for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports current economic conditions, not the weather has closed it for the winter. It's expected to reopen spring 2009.

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Currently Closed
Harley's Diner MC
2698 Hurst Rd.
North Pole, AK
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Sunday, January 31, 2010

MA - WORCESTER. 5 & Diner

5 & Diner,© 2010 DinerHistory.com
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We received a tweet from the 5 & Diner (@5andDiner) restaurant. This coming Wednesday, February 3, 2010, "Diner Wednesday" will be in Worcester. You can catch Doug "VB" Goudie at the diner starting at 6AM on Boston's Fox25.

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5 & Diner
525 Lincoln St.
Worcester, MA
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

RI - PROVIDENCE. Liberty Elm Diner

Liberty Elm Diner,© 2008 DinerHistory.com
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Back in July of 2009 we wrote about our visit to the Elm. We've visited this 1947 Worcester Lunch Car Company built diner a number of times in the past. However on that day's visit, Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" producers had sent a video crew to the diner.

We wondered what brought "DDD" as it is sometimes referred to Providence? Was it this diner's seasonal incorporation of locally grown ingredients into daily specials? The diverse music performed during "Americana Breakfast Club" on Sundays? Or the free WiFi? Tune in February 22, 2010, when the episode airs on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." Though the program starts at 10PM Eastern, check your local listings for your region and times when it will be on again.

Visit the diner's facebook page for more information about a viewing party that is in the works. Better yet, stop by today and let them know the people at DinerHistory.com sent you.

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Liberty Elm Diner
777 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Put January 20, 2010 on Your Calendar

Miss Mendon Diner
© 2008, DinerHistory.com file photo
We took this photo during today's visit to the diner. The grand opening of the Miss Mendon Diner is set for 6AM on January 20, 2010. We are working on an article about our impressions of the diner from today's visit.

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Miss Mendon Diner
16 Uxbridge Rd.
Mendon, MA 01756
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

MA - WORCESTER. Miss Worcester Diner

Miss Worcester Diner
Photo by flickr pro Elizabeth Thomsen and
appears here under Creative Commons
This past weekend, the Learning Channel (TLC) sent a film crew to shoot scenes at the Miss Worcester Diner. "Miss Woo" as it's affectionately known, was built right across the street in 1948 at Worcester Lunch Car Company (which has been closed for many years). It is no stranger to the spotlight and will be the subject of an episode in the TLC series "American Eats"

Worcester Telegram & Gazette staffer Priyanka Dayal wrote about the event. The entire article is available here. Stay tuned as we'll post information in the sidebar regarding air dates.

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Miss Worcester Diner
300 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA
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315 Harborside Blvd. Providence, RI View Map / Send to GPS*
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