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Route 9 Diner
Route 9 Diner
Name: Route 9 Diner
Description:

Installed as flagship diner of planned chain of Sit Down Diners, and second in the operation after purchase of existing diner in Danbury, Connecticut. Stunning retro design and generally popular, but it closed in early 2003. Reopened as Route 9 Diner i ...
State: MA

Memphis Belle Diner
Memphis Belle Diner
Name: Memphis Belle Diner
Description:

Whereabouts unknown. 

Originally located on Riverdale Road in West Springfield. At some point, it was purchased or leased by the Air Force and moved up to a location in the Mt. Holyoke range on Route 116 known as "The Notch" to service the ...

Bridgeville Diner
Bridgeville Diner
Name: Bridgeville Diner
Description:

Moved from location, March, 2014. On the move as this is written. 

Large, poorly maintained diner. Classic iconic diner styling. Closed in 2007.


State: DE
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Latest News

  • An open letter to Phil and Celeste Paleologos

    By Randy Garbin / 2014-03-30 20:17:14
    Dear Phil and Celeste: I read the sad news of your impending retirement from the diner business, and I'm sorry to see the end of an illustrious era. As one of the earliest and most ardent supporters of Roadside, I will always be grateful to you and Celeste and proud
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  • Rosebud Diner Gutted

    By Randy Garbin / 2014-02-17 14:45:34
    That disturbance in The Force we all felt last week had nothing to do with the recent weather. It came from the impact of sledgehammers upon the interior of the Rosebud Diner in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Reader Beck Prigot sent us photos she took peeking through the windows of the exceedingly
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  • Lights out at our Facebook page

    By Randy Garbin / 2014-02-15 17:24:42
    Facebook's latest change to its news feeds have rendered any effort to spread our message there rather pointless. According to this Business Insider article, Facebook made a major change to its feeds that all-but-require that we pay to promote our posts or else fewer than 5% of our "likes" will
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  • Ten Oldest Diners?

    By Randy Garbin / 2014-02-04 18:29:18
    Journalist Nancy Ayala recently asked me for my list of the ten oldest operating diners. Over the years, I've received many requests like this, and usually if it has anything to do with exact dates, I hedge as much as I can. Many times the actual records of a diner's
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  • Another Jersey diner gets date for demo

    By Randy Garbin / 2013-12-20 13:53:59
    When was the last time we saw a vintage diner restored and reopened in New Jersey? After thinking about this for a few minutes, the best answer I have is the Bay Way Diner in Linden in 2006, a tiny, 8-stool affair that gave "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" its start.
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  • The Kickstarted Diner

    By Randy Garbin / 2013-11-26 14:26:20
    A curious development has unfolded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the past week. The owners of the proposed Roger's Red Liner Diner led by Roger Elkus has initiated a Kickstarter campaign for their diner, currently under construction and restoration. Mr. Elkus also owns a small regional chain of coffee shop/deli, "fast casual"
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Gaming the City

The City of Philadelphia recently elected a new mayor, Michael Nutter, who almost immediately after his inauguration announced his intention bring true design standards back to the city's development process. With an understanding and appreciation for the nature of the urban fabric Roadside hasn't seen since John Norquist ran Milwaukee, Mayor Nutter vowed to apply these concepts first to the city's long-suffering waterfront upon with developers want to build two major casino complexes. While we can't disparage gambling casinos enough, especially those within struggling rust-belt cities, Nutter hopes to minimize their detrimental impact by either shoe-horning them into the newly proposed streetcape restoration plan or relocate them over to the airport. And to no one's surprise, the developers have objected, despite the fact that some have offered even better locations for these sinkholes of wealth, like out at the airport. What is it about the mind of the real estate developer that fails to grasp the concepts and implications of accommodation, common sense, and neighborhood hostility? Yes, they made deals with the former administration and the state, but the neighborhood doesn't want them. Their presence will add nothing to the city's livability. And the rampant spread of gambling across the region will ultimately make them nonviable. The last thing Philadelphia (or any city) needs are more multi-million dollar eyesores sucking the life out of its fragile neighborhoods. But the developers have their contracts worked out with politicians and officials beholden to no one affected by these projects. Makes you wonder how some people sleep at night.

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