This was another drive-by photo op. Too full for a real stop. The Glider was built by Mountain View and has their signature “cow catcher” corners.
This Mountain View diner, formerly the Mount Vista diner, among other names, is now Virginia Auto Group Used Cars. It is located at 1718 N. Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal, VA. The small town of Front Royal used to be rich with diners, and was formerly home to the Eat Well diner, a brightly painted homebuilt, this one, and the Fox Diner, a ’50s Donut Dinette- a small metal diner- concept chain that used to have locations through the Southern states. There was also the Royal Dairy, a fantastic old lunch counter / restaurant. The Eat Well is long gone, the Fox was demolished several years ago, and the Royal Dairy was gutted.
The former Mount Vista Diner (by the 1990s known as Sandy’s Diner) is 1957 Mountain View #489. It opened in Crownsville, Maryland and was moved to Front Royal c. 1963.
Some more from the archives, in no particular order.
Short Stop Diner, now Irene’s pupusas. Wheaton, MD
It’s a 1956 Kullman. The neon was nearly as big as the diner itself, but has since disappeared.
Diner- Front Royal, VA
It’s a 1956 Mountain View. Front Royal used to be a hotbed of diners. It had this one, Nick’s Good Food diner, the Do-nut dinette, and another ’50s stainless model. The other three have been knocked down, and this one’s now a used car dealer.
Frost Diner- Warrenton, VA
The Frost is a 1955 O’Mahony.
Tastee Diner- Silver Spring, MD
Tastee Diner- Laurel, MD
a rare Comac brand diner
Bud’s Broiler – New Orleans, LA
Summit Diner– Somerset, PA
Moody’s Diner- Waldoboro, ME
I stopped here this morning for coffee, a bagel and a side of scrapple, something I haven’t had access to up at school.
The neptune was built by Mountain View in 1951, and is serial number 296. It used to be known as the DeLuxe Diner.
I took these photos Trail Diner, Rt 11, New Milford, PA. back in 2004. It’s a c.1948 Mountain View. At that point it was pretty beat up with wood repairs done to the stainless and what appeared to be garbage bags covering the windows. I believe it was out of business at that point, though there were cars in the parking lot. As of 2013, it was looking about 9 years the worse for wear.