Hi, I’m Spencer Stewart, writer of Diner Hunter!
I’m fascinated by the American roadside, mom and pop places that once helped define our country and which all too often have vanished without a trace. Be it diners, lunch counters, greasy spoons, neon signs, muffler men, or bars, if it’s old, I dig it.
Outside of hunting diners, I run a vintage menswear business, Vintage Haberdashers. The two dovetail nicely, picking for work allows me to be on the road in a way I otherwise wouldn’t. I received my Bachelors degree in Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University in 2012 and my Master of Architecture from Montana State University in 2016, with my master’s thesis on Authenticity, a concept which continues to inform my passion for history and the way we value (or not) and reuse these historic places today.
In 2016, my fiance and I converted an old bus and hit the road. Though the trip ended in mechanical and financial disaster, living on the byways for that long gave me a whole new appreciation for small town America, and for how quickly the fabric of our own history is being lost and replaced by Family Dollar stores, vacant lots and strip malls. Even the romantic notion of the family owned diner is often giving way to Sysco frozen garbage and original buildings are remodeled into a phony kitch version of themselves.
With so much changing, I am to experience and document as much of it as I can before it’s gone and all that remains are postcards and memories.