Gus’s Diner, at 630 N. Westmount Drive in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is filled with 1950s nostalgia. It has a wonderful stainless steel exterior and has been run by the current owners since 2008. It looks like a Silk City or Kullman model with expanded dining area, but is probably more modern (possibly a Paramount).
Diners often change names, ownership, and locations, and this 1958 Silk City, #5808, at 523 Main Street in Canastota, New York, is no exception. According to Roadsidearch.com, this used to be called the Pelican Diner and was located in North Syracuse. It then moved to Canastota and became known as the Canastota Dinerant. After that, it was Anne Marie’s Family Diner, which closed in 2007. According to the Oneida Daily Dispatch, Dick and Roberta Taubman came out of retirement to open Dick and Bert’s Hometown Diner in 2009. In 2015, Rollin and Kim Reed bought it and opened The Raider Grill & Griddle, but closed after only two years.
Sally’s Diner, at 25 Peninsula Drive in Erie, Pennsylvania, at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park, is part of Sara’s Restaurant and campground. It is a 1957 Mountain View, #522. Like many diners, it served under several names and in several locations. It was originally Serro’s Diner in Norwin, Pennsylvania, then Morgan’s Eastland Diner in Butler, Pennsylvania. Finally, Sean Candela purchased it in 2003, moved it to Erie, and named it after his mother. It’s currently used as a souvenir shop and extra seating for the nearby restaurant.
Swan Street Diner, at 700 Swan Street in Buffalo, New York, is a 1937 Sterling Company diner car, #397. It was originally located in Newark, New York, and successively known as Scofield’s Diner, the Newark Diner, and McBride’s Newark Diner, owned by Paul Scolfield, John Reynolds, and Jim McBride respectively. Scolfield also ran an automotive garage. The diner moved to Ohio in 2013, then to Buffalo, New York for restoration.
The new owners have done an incredible job restoring this historic diner. It sits in Buffalo’s Larkinville neighborhood, once home to the Larkin Soap Company (closed in 2013). The Swan Street Diner serves food and drinks on the last plates and mugs manufactured by the company. It opened in October 2017 and is a wonderful and unique diner experience.
Blue Colony Diner at 66 Church Hill Road (near I-80 ramp) in Newtown, Connecticut. According to the Newtown Bee, Eftihios “Eddy” Marnelakis first opened the Greek-American style diner-restaurant hybrid in March 1973. It’s now run by his son George and his family. I was impressed by the piles of pastries and baked goods available for sale, including huge cookies. I had the challah French toast, which is a braided bread served at Passover and other religious holidays (baked in-house). It was quite good!
New Poughkeepsie Diner (aka Cy’s Deli) at 59 Market Street, off U.S. Highway 44, in Poughkeepsie, New York. “But wait, that’s not a diner!” You yell self-righteously. I was as surprised as you to learn this used to be a 1960 Kullman model diner. Apparently it was also known as the Pok Diner at some point, but it closed in November 2014. Chalk up a win for deli enthusiasts and a loss for diner fans in the Hudson Valley.
Norm’s Diner at 171 Bridge Street (near the I-95 ramp) in Groton, Connecticut. Norm’s, a local favorite, recently came under new ownership. According to TheDay, it used to have a reputation as a greasy spoon, with a heavy emphasis on the grease. Its new owners freshened up the interior and replaced its original booths with wooden tables. Que será, será.
Eveready Diner, at 4184 U.S. Route 9 North (Albany Post Road), in Hyde Park, New York. According to nydiners.com, the Eveready is a 1995 Paramount model, #174. Paramount is a New Jersey company known for pioneering stainless steel exteriors. I love this retro design incorporating populux and doo wop elements.