Ace Diner- Philadelphia, PA

I ran across quite a few diner photos which I haven’t published- I’m going to try to work my way through them over the next couple of months.

I visited the Ace in 2006 with my father and Randy Garbin, of Roadside fame.
The diner is an extensively remodeled Silk City. One listing I have for it says it was built c. 1938, the other that it is from the ’40s.
Though it was remodeled extensively, which outwardly conceals its true nature, inside it is all diner.

The fresh baked bread at the Ace would alone be worth the stop.


A picture, courtesy of Brian Butko, of the diner before it was remodeled. Please visit his website and his blog, Lincoln Highway News.


Terminal Luncheonette – Willow Grove, PA

Here are some photos from a couple years back of the Terminal Luncheonette of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

Old backlit plastic sign. Missing second half of the arrow?

Brick construction with flat roof and overhang.

Excellent hot roast beef sandwich.

Double Horseshoe counter

Photo of a photo of the area in the late ’30s

Philly Diners

These photos were sent to me by my father, who recently took a trip with musician Barry Louis Polisar to Philadelphia to visit Nancy Heller, Professor of Art History at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Some interior shots of the Melrose Diner before it gets re-done. The impending remodel was confirmed by staff at the diner.
This site has a good exterior photo.

The clock which used to hang above the Melrose counter until the mural was installed, I believe sometime in the 1970s. I bought and restored the clock after finding it listed on ebay several years ago.

Polock Johnny’s Polish Sausage- Baltimore, Maryland

Broad Street and Tasker. Tavern neon – Philadelphia

Museo Del Jamon – Ham Museum

Broad Street Diner, an old Fodero