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Olympic Diner
Olympic Diner
Name: Olympic Diner

Damaged by fire, October 2014.

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Type of Attraction: diner-prefab
City: Mahopac
State: NY
diner builder: DeRaffele
Vintage: 1999
preserved: 100
Clamshell Diner
Clamshell Diner
Name: Clamshell Diner

Proposed to go to Muscatine High School. See this link:

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Type of Attraction: diner-prefab
City: Muscatine
State: IA
diner builder: Valentine
Vintage: c1955
preserved: 70
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Name: Tom's Diner

Currently under restoration despite the fact that the Town of Ledgewood wants to condemn the property to clear the way for another convenience store. For more information, visit the Facebook page of the people rallying to save it. 

Type of Attraction:
City: Roxbury Twp
State: NJ
diner builder: Silk City
Vintage: c1937
preserved: 80

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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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Diner history made: DeRaffele builds double decker diner

In our interview with Phil DeRaffele in 2006, he spoke of this diner going to the Roslyn neighborhood in Queens, New York and he showed us the plans. Many times, we've wondered about the viability of such a beast, and now we'll get the chance to see how it works. Roadside wishes owner Lou Tiglias the best of luck with this new direction in diner design.

Landmark DinerThe new Landmark Diner on Northern Boulevard in Roslyn puts its most unusual offering front and center: an elevator.

The facade of the new double-decker - which opened Monday just 120 feet east of the old premises - is dominated by a windowed elevator that takes customers from the ground into what is, for diners, terra incognita: a second floor.

The Landmark, say its owners, is the first prefabricated double-decker diner in the country.

At 11:30 on its first morning of business, customers were oohing and ahhing over the swanky new decor. Matthew Korn of Roslyn, a regular, finished up an egg-white omelet and pronounced it just as good as the omelets in the old location.

Read the whole story here.

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