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Roadside explores the back road and Main Streets of America. Our recipe for an American renaissance: Eat in diners, ride trains, shop on Main Street, put a porch on your house, live in a walkable community.

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Third Rail Diner
Third Rail Diner
Name: Third Rail Diner
Description:

Former Trolley Stop; Sub Express, Actual Food Diner.

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Type of Attraction: diner-prefab
City: Kingston
State: NY
diner builder: O'Mahony
Vintage: 1930s
preserved: 20
Olympic Diner
Olympic Diner
Name: Olympic Diner
Description:

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Type of Attraction: diner-prefab
City: Kingston
State: NY
diner builder: Undetermined
Credit: : Michael Engle
Olympic Diner
Olympic Diner
Name: Olympic Diner
Description:

Please share your experiences. 


Type of Attraction: diner-prefab
City: Mahopac
State: NY
diner builder: DeRaffele
Vintage: 1999
preserved: 100
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The Diners of DelMar

  • Nautilus Diner towers above

    By Randy Garbin / 2014-09-10 12:53:50
    Steve Efstathiou looks like a dead ringer for a young Telly Savalas, minus the lollipop. He even shares the late actor’s trademark intensity and sense of humor. Setting aside the Greek stereotyping is a hard thing to do in the diner business, though, because Greeks run so many large diners, and their stories all follow a similar path. 
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  • The Tastee Diners: Islands in a sea of development

    By Randy Garbin / 2014-09-10 12:52:31
    The Tastee Diner chain stands as one of the holdouts from the diner’s golden age that saw not only some of the greatest designs produced by the industry, but a fairly common practice of expansion before the dominance of the franchise. The current owner of the chain, Gene Wilkes, did not start it, but he did rescue it. 
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  • Frank’s bakes the cakes to take

    By Randy Garbin / 2014-09-10 12:47:45
    Nearly twenty years have passed since Frank and Linda Davis finally opened the doors of their diner. Talking to them, it seems that they have forty years of experience in it. Projects such as these all start out with the highest of hopes, but the even the best laid plans can never account for the twists and turns in a business with so many variables. 
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  • Doyle's Diner gets ready for the future

    By Randy Garbin / 2014-09-10 12:42:07
    Mike Doyle is all business, but he's not averse to a tugging your chain as he gets to know you. Trouble is, his expression doesn't change much when he does it. For those meeting him for the first time, this can knock you a little off balance.  "How much are you going to pay me for all this information?" The man barely cracks a smile as he asks, belying the suggestion of a jollier presence thanks to his full head of white hair and portly demeanor. If he grew a beard, he could make a great Santa. 
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Tin Man Now Open

North Falmouth, Massachusetts—Last month, we sadly reported on Barbara Lind’s continuing struggles to get back into the diner business. We can now report on the end of that particular struggle and congratulate her and her daughter Sue for restoring and reopening the former Wendell’s Corner Snack Bar as the new Tin Man Diner. According to readers, Barbara finally received all necessary permits in mid-June, opening her doors soon thereafter.

We spoke with Barbara this past week, who reports a brisk business. “We’re doing more busines per day than we did at the first Tin Man,” Barbara claimed, referring to her diner that burned down in December of 2000. “We’re doing close to $750 a day!”

Barbara also reports she’s extremely happy to be back in the business after an eight-year forced hiatus, but she expresses some frustration at the diner’s small kitchen. “We have to tell people that our grill is no bigger than their table. You put four orders on it, and it’s full.”

Find the new Tin Man at Old Main and Country Roads in North Falmouth. She’s open from 7 A.M. to 2 P.M. daily.

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