Mahony Diners

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Mahony Diners was founded in 1956 by the former plant and sales managers of Jerry O’Mahony, after that company went out of business. In addition to their own advertising, they re-used promotional materials from O’Mahony with the “O” blacked out. They exhibited their two-unit Diner/Motel design at the first annual Hotel Exposition in New York, which included an 86 seat diner, and a two room motel which measured 40’x12′. This unit apparently sold at the show for $76,000. Period press releases talk about orders for this diner/motel setup flooding in, but this may have been the company stretching the truth. They only built four diners, and lasted in business less than two years. Richard Gutman’s book, “American Diner Then & Now” identifies the first as the LauraLyn Diner of Rahway, NJ. The Vermont Royal Diner, of Springfield, Vermont, is the only surviving example.

Diner/Motel setup as exhibited. Crossover matchbook advertising Mahony Diners, Fountain Luncheonette & Diner Magazine, and Diamond matches
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Tag design used by Mahony Diners.
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Joseph Montano – President, Plant Manager, Sales
Started in the diner business c. 1944
Formerly plant manager at Jerry O’Mahony
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John L. Cronk – Vice President and General Sales Manager
Started in the diner business c. 1950
Formerly sales manager at Jerry O’Mahony
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Joseph Cavallo – Secretary/ Treasurer
Started in the diner business c. 1951
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John Mayers – Carpenter / Foreman
Started in the diner business c. 1927
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Anthony Damiano – Sheet Metal Foreman
Started in the diner business c. 1945
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Ray Anisko – Design Draftsman
Started in the diner business c. 1944
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Pete Nalio – Carpenter
Started in the diner business c. 1951
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George Gibbons – Machine Operator
Started in the diner business c. 1926
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Frank Bonifanti – Structural Steel Foreman
Started in the diner business c. 1945
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John Hospodar – Sheet Metal Man
Started in the diner business c. 1941
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George Campbell – Sheet Metal Man
Started in the diner business c. 1944
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