Johnny’s immediately struck me as my kind of place. A counter on the right, two rows of booths on the left. The smell of coffee and grilling meat.
A small TV in the corner had the Canada vs. USA mens curling game on. Curling, both this game and the Canada v. China game from the night before were the hot topics of discussion amongst the clientele.
I had a deliciously tender roast beef sandwich. My buddy Phil, the grilled cheese, cut neatly into quarters. My girlfriend, Anna, had a fresh, hand formed burger. Desert between the three of us consisted of a chocolate milkshake, a vanilla one, a strawberry sundae, a chocolate sundae and a slice of warm apple pie ala mode.
6204 Almon St
Halifax, NS B3K 1V2
Queen’s Diner, the first unit by new diner manufacturer, Prairie City Diners, opened its doors in early December, 2008. Full Story on the Red Deer Advocate
From the Prairie City Diners Website:
Here’s the first one of an exciting new chain of diner restaurants opening in Alberta, Canada. Made by ”Prairie City Diners“, this is a Shaw International and Medallion Structures joint venture. Each restaurant will have a different name, and this first one will be called ”Queen’s Diner“, named after the business park in which it is located. According to owners Scott Shaw of Shaw International and Jim Landin, of Medallion Structures, plans for the first 10 diners are already underway! Interest in this new product is high, so the sky is the limit! Built from the ground up, the diner itself has been patterned after the 1940-1950 silk city diners with round corners and roof lines.
Not all within this new chain will be diners. Some are bar cars and some ice-cream shops, but they are all in the diner style! What is so great about this new diner is that it is easy to move, they are built solid and can be moved anywhere. This first one shown below was moved from Medallion’s Shop 50 miles from Red Deer, using nothing more than a bed truck and trailer. Scott and Jim wanted to build a good product, and the result is that the diners have turned out better than they could have imagined! If you’re in the market for a ”real Diner” restaurant that is easy to move and is also turn key, look no further! They can even be sent to other countries around the world!
A red model.
some more pictures are found here: BarsandBooths.com, who provided furniture, laminates, banding and accessories for the new diner
I love that these are not the over the top caricature that so many manufacturers have been building in recent years. In concept and size, theses seem much truer to golden age diners. The design is clean and modern, but follows closely the lines of the classics. A late ’30s O’Mahony or a ’40s- early ’50s silk city is bought to mind.
It’s interesting to note that these are not being manufactured out New Jersey or Massachusetts, but out of Alberta, Canada, a province with no history of “real” diners.
My first lunch counter experience from my new home, and a great one at that. It’s located on Barrington St. , across the street from the train station. The two gentlemen in before us had been going to the Olympic every day for fifty years. It has been in the same family since the 1970s.
March 1, 2010