When I was told that the RetroRoadmap / Roadside fans meetup was going to be at the Glider Diner in Scranton,PA I knew I had to drive up and check it out before the big day. Being the hostess with the mostess means making sure there’s enough room for everyone, and this was one of the few times in my life where I was happy to see a bright sunny dining room added on to a vintage stainless steel diner. (According to the history of the Glider Diner the addition was actually made back in 1964 and called the Fireside Lounge, though it has been redecorated since then!)
The Glider diner is a 1950 Mountain View diner, and had we been able to finagle fitting all 17 of us into the vintage interior of the diner, I know the RoadsideFans / RetroRoadmap Readers would have preferred that. 3 folks who heard about the meet-up on RetroRoadmap came in to the back dining room to say hi to all of us, but said they wanted to eat in the diner part, and I can totally understand wanting to sit in that sun-filled pink diner interior.
The photo above was taken after the diner had closed, that’s the only reason I got it looking so empty. The swell folks working at the Glider diner were kind enough to let us sit and chat at our table past their 2pm Sunday closing time, so we were able to snap a few photos of the interior without disrupting the customers.
To see this counter crowded with our gang, head over to Roadsidefans.com where Glenn Wells has posted some group photos he took that day. You may need to log in, but if you’re a RetroRoadmap reader you’re probably interested in RoadsideFans too, so it’s a win-win!
I was a bit overwhelmed with all that was going on so I ordered my standard 2 eggs over easy with bacon, and let me tell you, that was some of the better bacon I’ve had in a long time! Kate tried a hot porketta sandwich which is a spicy boneless pork sandwich with their famous gravy. Mike had frequented the diner before and dared order off menu for a chicken Caesar, and they were nice enough to accommodate. We all enjoyed our food, and our waitress did a wonderful job keeping track of everyone with good humor.
It was fun to match up faces to names, and soon enough postcards and photos were being passed around, stories being told and so many interesting conversations that I wanted to be a part of every single one of them. Such a good time was had that rumor has it that there will be another meet-up in May of 2011, so mark your calendar and join us, won’t you?
And if you’re ever in the Scranton area, don’t glide on by the Glider Diner, stop for a bite to eat!
890 Providence Road
Scranton, PA 18508-2546