The Birdseye Diner in Castleton, Vermont

Photo by Michael Kleen

The Birdseye Diner, at 590 Main Street in Castleton, Vermont, is a 1946 Silk City. It originally had a wooden exterior, but after 18 years was refitted with stainless steel and chrome. It has been known by various names, including The Campus Diner, Jim’s, and T.J.’s. John and Pam Rehlen renovated it in 1995.

An old advertisement for Silk City diners hangs on the wall; it promises “big profits, modest investment,” and “no experience needed,” “a depression proof business.” Simply find a space, hook it up to utilities, and watch the money roll in. What an American idea!

Look for a new diner every Tuesday in 2019! Click to expand photos.

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Author: Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and occasional traveler. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He enjoys studying military history, folklore, and philosophy.

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