The ByPass Diner opened in Harrisburg in 1939. It was a converted Brill trolley, formerly Hershey Transit No. 8. It was purchased from Brill for $5500 by David L. Cronin and H.P. Collins. Was the diner wing of Brill ever converting old trolleys, or did they simply broker the sale? I’ve never heard of them doing either. The old trolley was replaced in 1953 by a shiny new DeRaffele Diner, placed slightly differently on the lot (1933 Herr St, whereas the trolley was at 1951 Herr- the difference can be seen in the photos). That diner still operates as the American Dream Diner.
I last visited the Happy Day diner in 2004, and wasn’t too impressed. It’s a very pretty ’59 DeRaffele built diner that got the retro treatment. Fortunately, most of it is cosmetic, stickers, paint and bolt-ons. Almost nothing which couldn’t be un-done at a later date. Smiley face on the roof, and Elvis on the vestibule. The smiley face up there has actually been toned sometime in the intervening decade, see the original here.
Nine years later, we decided it was time to give this diner a second chance. It is, after all, just down the road. The waitresses were friendly and attentive, the coffee was good, and the interior still looks pretty good. I had the cream chipped beef, my dad had his usual eggs, bacon, homefries and toast. Maybe we’ll give it another chance in another decade.
The Happy Day Diner
8302 Pulaski Hwy Baltimore, MD
We had dinner at the Medport Diner. It’s a L-shaped DeRaffele- built diner, with a stainless steel A-frame style vestibule.
122 New Jersey 70 Medford, NJ. While it’s a big diner, its floor plan, with the L shape, and a row of booths between the counter and the row of booths at the window, keep it cozy. I feel that from the ’60s onward, as diners grew ever larger, they lost the intimacy of earlier ones which harbors interaction. Despite its capacity, this DeRaffele design manages to keep the local vibe of earlier models. The interior got a facelift early last year (photos), but it’s fairly complementary, and I much prefer it to the “retro” look so many are revamping their diners with.
The food was good and plentiful, and while the menu was extensive, enough of the options were variations on basic ingredients. Those typically NJ diner menus with 15 pages of everything-under-the-sun always overwhelm me and make me a bit nervous. I settled on the Texas burger, a cheeseburger with barbecue sauce, and a side of Disco Fries. From my years living in Canada, I became a bit of a poutine junkie, and having moved back to the US, I’ve been jonesing for my next fix. Disco fries are mozza and gravy on fries. They’re not curds, but the idea and flavor’s there. The cheese on the burger was particularly melty and the burger was juicy and flavorful. A great diner and a great way to round out the day.
The Medport Diner is located at:
122 New Jersey 70 Medford, NJ
The Prospect diner (on site)- The Prospect Diner is one of the finest diners in the country, new, modern and air conditioned for your comfort. Located in Hagerstown, Md., on Route 40 and one block off Route 11. Is famous for its fine foods and generous service. Your visit to Hagerstown is not complete unless you visit the Prospect Diner.
Still there as of a 1963 city directory
The Overlea Diner– 6652 Belair Rd Baltimore, MD. 1930s Kullman
New Ideal Diner- Aberdeen, MD-
There have been four diners on this site since 1931, the current one is a 1952 O’Mahony, Serial no. 2206
From a 1953 Coronet
The New Ideal Diner in Aberdeen, Maryland, located on Route 40, a broad four lane highway that connects Baltimore with the New Jersey Turnpike, is a good example. Sparkling and clean, its counter and comfortable booths can accommodate 102. Its menu caters to a wide range of eating tastes.
On the average day, you will find chauffeured limousines sharing its parking space with jeeps, hot rods and station wagons. You might even bump into Maryland’s Governor Theodore McKeldin, Jr. It is one of his favorite stopping-off places when he is traveling on the road.
The New Ideal’s owners, Steve Karas, Jr., and his uncle, Pete Mikes, paid O’Mahony’s $105,000 for it ($852,000 in 2009 dollars). They could have spent as little as $30,000 for a smaller unit, or as much as $150,000 for a larger one.
Edgewood Diner- Edgewood Rd and 40- Edgewood, MD -Operated by Jim O’Keefe, former trouper (carnival), according to a 1948 Billboard magazine.
Demolished by 1970s
Park College Diner- 8205 Baltimore Ave College Park MD
Multiple arrests during sit ins in 1962.
Ayer’s Diner- Rt. 13 Salisbury, MD
Charles C. Ayers, Jr., 75, of Hebron died Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake.
Born in Wilmington, DE he was the son of the late Charles C. Ayers, Sr. and Mary Cicatelli Ayers.
Mr. Ayers moved to Hebron in 1947 with his parents to open Ayers Diner in Easton and Salisbury. Along with his wife, Norma they built C&E Tastee Freeze 1966. In 1981, he went to work for Plymouth Tube in Salisbury until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Ayers was a franchise coordinator for Tastee Freeze and was in the National Guard in the 1950’s.
Aberdeen Diner- South End Aberdeen Rt. 40
Multiple arrests made during freedom rides in 1961
Newspaper records going back to 1947. Silk City looks like it could be older.
There as late as 1984
Dixie Diner No. 1 (Sold in 1959- records of a Dixie diner in Baltimore go back to at least the early 1940s)
4730 Pulaski Highway Baltimore MD. There’s a vacant diner-sized lot there now with what looks like the remains of a diner-sized foundation.
Diner next to Chesapeake Bar and Lounge (1982)
Intersection of Pulaski Highway and Middle River Road
By the early 1980s, the diner had been gutted and turned into a pool hall.
Now the site of the Silver Moon Diner
Diner- converted trolley car- replaced with an early 1930s Silk City in the early 1950s
2821 Wilkens Ave
Baltimore, MD 21223
State Diner – now Bourbon House BBQ
2821 Wilkens Ave
Baltimore, MD 21223
Originally the Laurel Diner- moved from Laurel to Baltimore in 1952. Replaced a trolley diner.
Ads for State diner go back to at least 1942.
118 Washington Blvd S
Laurel, Maryland 20707
Pre 1934 Silk City- replaced with a Comac
Bonnie Brae Diner-
Owned by Mrs. Leroy Merritt.
1930s Kullman. Demolished 2006
Site of racial incident with Ambassador Adam Malick Sow of Chad, who was at the time on his way to visit President Kennedy.
1301 Pulaski Highway Joppatowne MD
replaced a converted streetcar diner
secondhand (early 1930s?) Kullman brought from NJ to MD in 1949. Closed as a diner in 1975.
Meadow’s Dining Car- Rockville, MD
373 Conowingo Rd
Silk City #3816
Bob’s diner, a 1947 Mountain View ( Serial #237), now under restoration in Queens NY was stored in Southern Maryland for several years.
This is the old BOBs Diner from Rt. 30 in Colombia Pa. I purchased it in early 1992 and have it shipped and storage on my property in Southern Maryland. Its a 1947 Mountain View Diner and in excellent condition…maybe some day I’ll open it up if I find a spot. Till then its a great Sunday morning retreat with a hot CUP of Joe!!! Keep up the Good Work…….Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Penny’s Diner of 12310 Winchester Road LaVale, MD 21502, a 1997 Starlite (#M4472 ), was moved to Low Moor, VA. It may have replaced a Swingle.
The Lemoyne Diner (1941 O’Mahony #1104) was in Baltimore from 1990 to Sept. 4, 2002 at the 5800 block of York Road in Baltimore, but never opened. Bought by American Diner “Museum” in 2002. Sold to Richard Shappe. Bought by RM Auctions in 2008.
1964 Fodero – Previously operated as a State farm and a Playground Equipment Co.
804 East Pulaski Highway
Elkton, MD 21921
1958 Silk City
800 East Pulaski Highway
Elkton, MD 21921
From a 1954 Article- “Best Diners in America”
Rt. 40 – ‘Judy’s Diner, northeastern out- skirts of Baltimore, on right goingsouth.
Rt. 40 – D and S Diner , near Rosedale, going into Baltimore, on left going south.
Rt. 1 – Harwood Restaurant, on right going north, at Harwood.
Rt. 1 – Clay’s Diner, 1 mi. north of Harwood, on right going north.
8701 Loch Raven Boulevard
Towson, MD 21234
1660 Merritt Boulevard
Dundalk, MD 21222
The Boulevard Diner at the corner of Merritt Boulevard and Holabird Avenue is a family-owned diner characterized by its casual atmosphere and great food: Built in 2001 it replaced one of Dundalk’s most famous landmarks-The House of Neptune.
Happy Day Diner – former Double T Diner
8302 Pulaski Highway
Rosedale, MD 21237
Formerly Mr. D’s Diner /Starlight Diner
1993 Starlite- severely remodeled
15 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221
Double T Diner – Frederick
5617 Spectrum Drive
Frederick, MD 21703
Forest Diner (Carl’s Dining Car)
10031 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042-3611
Silk City No 5076 (1950)
Well preserved Silk City nearly entirely encased in a larger addition. Threatened with demolition (if it hasn’t happened already)
New Towne Diner
11316 Reisterstown Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
On-site ’90s diner
5440 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
The inspiration for the film “Diner”
Hollywood Diner/ Kids Diner /Westbury Grill
400 East Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
The set for the filming of “Diner”
Mountain View #326- 1954
Bunting’s English Diner
22nd St. and Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD
Double T Diner
9217 Cornflower Rd
Rt. 13 N.
1957 Mountain View
Lake Forest Mall
Uniwest (contractor for on site construction) 2000
Silver Diner- Laurel
14550 Baltimore Ave
1990- DeRaffele/ Uniwest?
11806 Rockville Pk.
12276 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Towson Town Center
825 Dulaney Valley Rd.
Uniwest (contractor) 1992
Village Grill/ Spike’s Diner
50 Southlawn Ct.
Irene’s/ Time Out Diner/ Short Stop Diner
1956 Kullman Dinette
3106 Solomon Island Rd
6040 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
from wikipedia commons
BWI Airport – Concourse B
PO Box 28967
Baltimore, MD 21240
895 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD