Here are a couple of drawings I did while in Butte last fall.
The Smyrna Diner is a 1965 Paramount diner, which replaced a smaller diner, from 1954. The original can be seen here. At some point, the futuristic exterior of the diner was covered in wood. Recently, the diner was replaced with a modern, on site diner. The old Paramount is now in the capable hands of Steve Harwin of Diversified Diners.
Freestanding sign. I believe this showed up on eBay a few months back.
Original sign, a bit cracked up.
Interior of the diner. Compare it to the vintage photo below.
Interior of the diner.
The exterior of the diner as it originally appeared. Since then, the tilework and much of the stainless has been covered in dark wood, while the windows have been replaced, drastically changing the look of the diner.
The interior of the diner as it originally appeared.
Picture of Diner being moved
From the Diversified Diners website:
“The. . . diner is a 1960’s Paramount Diner which operated in Smyrna, DE since it’s manufacture. It was a local landmark until the late summer of 2008 when it’s property lease expired and a new larger and more modern diner was built about a mile down the road. The Smyrna Diner tradition continues and now the original Paramount diner is ready for a restoration and a new lease on life. It measure 65 feet long by 19 foot wide (in two sections) not including the vestibule. It has seating for 83 patrons.”
The Triangle Diner- a 1948 O’Mahony, where Patsy Cline once worked. We visited it, and took these pictures several years ago when it was Lynette’s Triangle Diner
As you can see from the postcards, it went through several neon signs and vestibules over the years, which changed the look of the diner considerably. Eventually it was covered with dark wood, though much of the stainless can still be seen. A great, working vertical diner neon sign and clock is still in the parking lot. The windows still read air conditioned. Inside, the diner is a time warp to sixty years ago.
The diner is currently for sale. The listing can be found here.
The diner and addition have 1290 square feet, the lot is 6875 square feet. The diner seats fifty people.
The current price for the diner and property is $459,000.