Eddie’s Paramount Diner in Rome, New York

Eddie’s Paramount Diner, at 414 W. Dominick Street in Rome, New York is a modified 1941 O’Mahony style diner. You can still see the side of the original metal dining car under the roof.

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Chelsea Royal Diner in West Brattleboro, Vermont

Chelsea Royal Diner, at 487 Marlboro Road in West Brattleboro, Vermont, is a 1939 Worcester Diner (#736) moved here from downtown West Brattleboro. The 1958 sign was discovered in a New Hampshire barn and restored in 1999. The staff takes pride in its locally sourced food and homemade “Royal Madness” Ice Cream.

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Miss Florence Diner in Florence, Massachusetts

Miss Florence Diner, at 99 Main Street in Florence, Massachusetts, was manufactured by the Worcester Lunch Car Company in 1941 and originally owned by Maurice and Pauline Alexander. They expanded it into an ‘L’ shape as early as 1949. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. You can’t help loving this audacious sign, which can been seen down Main Street in either direction.

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Tom’s Diner in Ledgewood, New Jersey

Tom’s Diner, at 1200 U.S. Route 46 (south of the I-80 interchange) in Ledgewood, New Jersey, is a 1930 Silk City badly in need of some tender loving care. The second oldest diner in New Jersey, it was originally called the Silver Dollar. Tom Seretis bought it in 1958 and re-christened it after himself. Frank (Tom’s son) and Pauline Seretis took over ownership and operated it until 2005. Their son, also named Tom, has been trying to raise money to restore it ever since.

The diner was used as a location in Cyndi Lauper’s music video for her 1984 hit “Time After Time“, and nostalgic patrons still faithfully decorate the exterior for holidays. After sitting unused for nearly fifteen years, the interior is badly water damaged. Tom set up a website to raise money for restoration, but last time I checked the site was no longer active. Back taxes and legal wrangling derailed restoration efforts in the past. It would be a shame if New Jersey lost this iconic old diner.

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Morey’s Diner in Oneida, New York

Morey’s Diner, at 119 Phelps Street in Oneida, New York, is a rare c. 1920s Ward & Dickinson model dining car (#215). It was located on Main Street from 1930 to 1954, when it was owned by Reynold D. Ido and called the Miss Oneida. A woman named Irene J. Johnson owned it in the 1970s, and after her diner closed, the building deteriorated. In 1996, Lynn Morey purchased it and began restoration. It’s now only open for breakfast. This is a truly original diner, and a rare glimpse at one of these early model dining cars. You can see the interior woodwork.

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T. J. Buckley’s in Brattleboro, Vermont

T. J. Buckley’s, at 132 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, Vermont, is a restored 1925 Worcester Dining Car (#424) owned by chef Michael Fuller. Don’t look for the usual diner fair at T.J. Buckley’s. It was originally located in Woburn, Massachusetts but moved to Brattleboro in the 1950s.

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Whately Diner in Whately, Massachusetts

Whately Diner, at 372 State Road (just off I-91) in Whately, Massachusetts, is a 1958 Kullman model “princess style” diner, also known as the Fillin’ Station. It originally opened in Chicopee, MA as the Princess Diner, but moved by the F.L. Roberts Company in the early 1970s to its current location and called The Maverick. A scene from In Dreams (1999), starring Annette Benning and Robert Downey, Jr., was filmed there.

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