Philadelphia Diners

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Mayfair Diner
Philadelphia, PA
The Mayfair Diner opened in 1932 with a 1928 O'Mahony which was known as the Morrison and Struhm Diner. In 1954, the Mayfair tripled in size when that diner was replaced with this extra-long (118 feet) O'Mahony. The interior was remodeled in the mid-1980s. In 2010, a structure was added to the roof (bottom row of photos). Some interior renovations were made as well at that time. For more, see this website. [map]

Melrose Diner
Philadelphia, PA
The Melrose Diner first opened in 1935. It was replaced with another diner in 1940 and then again with this Paramount diner in 1956. The coffee cup shaped clock with fork and knife hands was probably added at that time. The first photo of the diner above is from 2009. In 2010, a new roof structure was added to the diner. The bottom photo above is from 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

Trolley Car Diner
Philadelphia, PA

The Trolley Car Diner is a 1951 Mountain View (#315). It was previously known as the Diamond City Diner and later as Palooka's Diner when it was located in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The diner was moved here and opened in 2000. It was installed on the site of a former Roy Rogers which was gutted and turned into a kitchen, dining room and bathroom addition to the diner. The diner was named for its location next to a former trolley car line.

The diner's 42 foot long neon sign was built by Len Davidson. It is the largest animated neon sign in the Philadelphia area. It features spinning wheels and, when the traffic light changes, the doors open and close to reveal a driver and an exiting passenger. The owners added a restored streetcar to the property and converted it into an ice cream stand. In 2019, it was announced that the diner was closing. It's not yet known what will become of the diner, the streetcar or the sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Continental Restaurant
Philadelphia, PA
The Continental Restaurant occupies a 1963 Fodero. It has always been at this location. In 1999, the diner was transformed into a hip restaurant and martini bar. The dice-like sign on the roof was part of the original diner. The first photo of the sign is from 2001 before it was updated. The second photo of it is from 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

Steak and Bagel Train
Philadelphia, PA


Although this is not a diner, I'll include it here anyway. The Steak and Bagel Train was originally a Reading Lines dining car. It has been here since at least the late 1990s and has been closed for many years. According to a sign in 2007, it was to reopen as Ray's Philly Cheese Steak. However, I don't believe that ever happened. Work appeared to be going on in 2009 and it was open in 2010 and 2011. However, by 2014, the place was vacant again. In 2017, the dining car was completely surrounded by chain link fencing. It was announced that it would be converted into a welcome center for Philly's Rail Park. The dining car had not moved by 2019. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Silk City Diner
Philadelphia, PA
The Silk City Diner is now a restaurant and bar. It was built by Silk City (#5907) in 1959. The diner was previously known as the American Diner and Dee Dee's Diner. It was moved here in the mid-1960s. [map]

Bob's Diner
Philadelphia, PA
Bob's Diner is an O'Mahony from 1948. For more, see this website. [map]

Wayne Junction Diner [map]

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