Photo from June 2004. The Star Diner is still in business, at 66 E Post Rd, White Plains, NY. The buildings around the diner have been significantly remodeled since then. You’d never know from the street, but behind that wall is a surprisingly well preserved (inside and out) Silk City diner. Peek around the side and you can see what the wall is hiding.
Continuing our trip through 2004, here are some old photos of mine I haven’t looked at since they went on the disc.
Pride Cleaners. I can tell you this was (probably) taken somewhere between New Jersey and Connecticut by the other shots in that batch. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to track its location down precisely. That could mean that sometime in the last 14 years this one either changed names (pretty likely) or was torn down (wouldn’t surprise me at all). If anyone recognizes this and wants to smack me upside the head and say “it’s in X town and still kicking, you dolt!”, I’d love to hear from you.
This one I do know the location on. This is Heller/Heller Liquors at 200 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, NJ. It’s still going strong, and that vitrolite facade and Heller/Heller neon is still in place. Since I took this photo, the vertical neon has been removed and the formstone on the facade has been covered in what looks like black painted wood.
More 14 year old photos, this time of the Decoven Diner, which was located in Duncannon, PA. It closed and was moved in 2005 to Fairfield, CT, then again to 111 Wells St., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where it reopened in 2015 as Joni’s Diner.
Continuing with the old photos, here’s the Sunrise Diner in 2004, when it was located at 3 Hazard Square in Jim Thorpe, PA. Don’t go looking for it at its original, somewhat unusual location, though. This diner has since been moved, restored by Diversified Diners and reopened as the Tin Goose Diner at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio.
When these shots were taken in early 2004, the diner at 1353 Kenneth Rd, York, PA was known as the Starlite and featured a star and moon neon on the vestibule. In 2007, it closed as the Starlite and reopened as the Lyndon Diner.
One from the archives, again back in 2004, when it was Keri’s Prospect Diner and sported that great rooftop neon. I think this was the trip where Keri chased my father and I through the parking lot screaming about having “told us before” to stay away after she saw us taking a picture of the outside of diner following our meal there. A traumatic experience for a 13 year old (especially since neither of us had been there since I was probably 7 years old) to be sure. Since then, this space age Kullman changed hands (and lost the neon) and transitioned to being one of my favorite breakfast stops in that part of Pennsylvania.
Another one from the archives- the Columbia Drive In, Columbia, PA. This photo is from March 2004. The drive in would only last one more season, closing in 2005. It is now gone.