Papa John’s Diner – Bronx, New York

A tragically redone c.1948 diner at the intersection of Webster and 182nd in NYC.

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Bronx had the second lowest number of diners of the five boroughs in New York City. Based on Sanborne maps, “Diner” magazine and other sources, I have counted ‘only’ 72 diners. Now you know how Tierney and O’Mahony were building a diner a day in the 1920s!
Taking inspiration from Spencer Stewart’s two recent finds in New York city, I went through my Bronx list posted on nydiners.com in the New York In Depth site.
Papa John’s Diner, the original name, came up on a google search in one of the comments from
http://forgotten-ny.com/2009/12/belmont-bronx/
There was a picture of Joe’s Cafe on the site, recognizable by the vertical flutes, even if they were painted over. A quick search on google maps shows just a car wash on the site. In an inglorious demise, the owners took the diner and turned it into a car wash. But if you look on the far end, there are still vertical flutes on the building.

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2 thoughts on “Papa John’s Diner – Bronx, New York

  1. Papa John’s Diner was still operating thru the 1980’s. It was a Kullman Diner that had seen better days as well as being situated in a bad neighborhood. I do have photos though not the best.

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