Taken by my grandfather in the mid 1950s. Great design- truly a building-as-a-sign. Check out the Riviera Cabana Club in the background. This may have been on 22nd St in Miami Beach, Florida.
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West Reading Diner
More old diner photos. Every time I turn around I seem to find more diners I haven’t published here yet. These photos were taken c.2005.
Pennsylvania’s West Reading Diner had received a light retro-remodeling to the exterior- it sports more quilted stainless in these photos than it came out of the factory with. The interior has also been re-done. But the overall exaggerated modern lines of the diner are still in-tact.
Abandoned Pizza World- Kenilworth, PA
DELUXE DINER – Arlington, Virginia
Here’s a diner, a newer on site construction, with a great modern style. It’s nice and flashy without being too terribly over the top, probably because of it’s small scale. The blue glass adds a little bit of color to the otherwise entirely stainless exterior. The slatted windows are a nice touch, and the angle of the roof and facade give it a bit of a googie flavor.
539 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202
I ate lunch here today.
First things first- look back at the previous post. Do you notice any similarities between the Waffle Shop and Ollies? The unusual horseshoe counter is there, and while it is now standing room with a dining room adjacent, it’s obvious that it once had stools. There’s the same undercounter wire rack. The terrazzo floors are nearly identical, with the same tan floor and salmon foot rest. Both have a primarily glass facade (at least on the counter section). And both have similar tilework. Though the theme is different, the execution is very much the same, and it’s not something you see very much.
Was this originally a Waffle shop?
And for reference- here are two Ollie’s Trolley’s of the trolley sort.
Louisville, KY (c) Spencer Stewart 2005
Former Ollies Trolley in Virginia (c) Spencer Stewart 2007