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Rare Vintage Diner For Sale! Phoenixville Pennsylvania’s Vale-Rio [Update: SOLD!]

Rare Vintage Diner For Sale! Phoenixville Pennsylvania’s Vale-Rio [Update: SOLD!]

SOLD! January 1, 2017 – a good way to start the new year! Mod Betty has been informed that the diner has been sold to a private buyer.Details will be forthcoming once I get them, but here’s what I know now: Private individual buyer Will be moving out of Phoenixville Not planning on opening it […]

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Latest Retro Roadmap video at Delaware’s Historic Diner!

Latest Retro Roadmap video at Delaware’s Historic Diner!

Retro Roadmappers! As some of you may know, our Kickstarter campaign was so successful we raised more support than our original goal, so there are a few more Retro Roadmap videos coming your way. This one – Doyle’s Diner in Selbyville, Delaware is extra special to me,  having moved to Delaware from Mass (when Retro […]

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Bridgeville Delaware Diner – Then and Now

Bridgeville Delaware Diner – Then and Now

It’s a chilly weekend here in Delaware, making Mod Betty want to stay inside where it’s not so blustery, instead of heading out doing some Retro Roadmap discoverin’. Luckily I’ve got some vintage Delaware places and spaces tucked away in my archives, just ready for sharing, like this “Before and After” shot of the Bridgeville […]

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The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

Finally tried the famous strawberry pie at the Kumm Esse Diner- nom! Retro Roadhusband was pleased with his turkey croquettes (their Own Make). PA Dutch comfort food at its best! Also wanted to point out to the diner fans out there that they have the cantilevered counter seats here and some interesting architectural details. Read […]

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Rosedale Diner Postcard Print Mystery Gift at Work – Mystery Solved!

Lookit what was waiting for me this morning at my Corporate Cube- how cool! Now I just have to find out what swell coworker left it there for me…! Mystery Solved! Work pal and all around good guy Paul Altobelli dropped this at my desk as a Thank You for hepping him to the fascinating […]

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Diners of Pennsylvania 2nd Edition Now Out!

I got mine at Sled Fest but it’s available online through Stackpole Books. http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=0676 Will keep you posted about any book signings ad I hear of them! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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American Dream Diner Harrisburg PA

No, I did not get the Rope! (sausage) Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Boston Braves and Diners – Thinking of My Dad

Boston Braves and Diners – Thinking of My Dad

We joke in my family that you could do anything with my dad, as long as it was something he wanted to do 🙂 So we girls went to many a field trial, old book store and decoy shop. There were some times however where our interests intersected, and this picture of a diner is […]

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Another Mystery Boston Diner! Was it Real?

Mod Betty will be busy being the Hostess with The Mostess this weekend, but here’s something for the diner sleuths in the audience to chew on while I am unable to post. Is this diner real, or just a figment of the artist’s imagination? All I can tell you is that this was painted in […]

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Diner Presentation by Larry Cultrera Monday 12/6 Quincy MA

Hey everyone, don’t forget about the slide presentation and talk that Larry Cultrera’s giving at the Thomas Crane Public Library, in Quincy, MA this  Monday December 6 at 7pm! “The Evolution of Diners – From Lunch Carts to Mega Restaurants” Larry Cultrera of DinerHotline.com will be giving a slide show and talk about the ever […]

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What Vintage Boston Diner Is This? The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

I had always wanted to see the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle again because I remember there being a scene filmed in a diner, but I wasn’t sure what diner it was? My geographic brain thought it might be the Apple Tree Diner because that was still in Dedham when many of the scenes […]

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Abandoned Vintage New Jersey Diners – A Cautionary Tale

Thanks to Diner Man Spencer Stewart and his blog Diner Hunter for sharing this great post from Kevin Patrick about the neglected / closed / abandoned vintage diners of New Jersey. Using the same Preservation New Jersey list of the top 10 endangered historic sites that I did as inspiration for my New Jersey diner […]

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Vale Rio Diner in Phoenixville PA on Blocks and on eBay

Just read in the local paper here in Phoenixville that the vintage Paramount diner up on blocks around the corner from us, the former Vale Rio Diner, is on sale on eBay. (for $225,000 yowza!) (10/8/10 update – The Val went on eBay again this week for $175,000 but there were no takers) (this is […]

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List of Vintage Diners in Southern New Jersey – Check ’em Out!

Here’s a quick list of the diners featured in my RetroRoadmap.com / Doo Wop Preservation League / Preservation New Jersey  diner photo exhibit in Wildwood NJ this month. Can’t see the photo show? Check out the actual diner! That’s what Retro Roadmap is all about– giving you easy access to the great vintage, retro and […]

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Diner Fans – Diner Updates from Retro Roadmap Roadtrips!

Since I know not everyone can be everywhere at once I thought I’d do a quick post on some of the diners I’ve seen and visited during the past couple of weeks while on the road. Always good to keep tabs on the status of these great stainless steel roadside icons! Trolley Car Diner Mt. […]

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Neptune Diner Lancaster PA – nothing could be finer!

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Diners of the Worcester Lunch Car Co. – Thanks Boston Globe!

Diners of the Worcester Lunch Car Co. – Thanks Boston Globe!

While reading the virtual Sunday Paper this morning I noticed my old broadsheet the Boston “Glob” had a swell article on something near and dear to my Retro Roadmap heart – diners – of the Worcester Lunch Car variety! The 10 Worcester Lunch Car diners (not necessarily in Worcester, just built there by this famous […]

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MSN Top Diners – Is Your Fave on The List?

MSN.com recently posted a list of 15 diners that we should not hit the road without checking out. While not all of them are 100% Retro Roadmap worthy diners, it’s an interesting list. What is most interesting to me is that I’ve only been to 2 of the diners! Sunny Day Diner – Lincoln, New […]

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Top 10 Diners of Massachusetts – Thanks, Diner Hotline!

Top 10 Diners of Massachusetts – Thanks, Diner Hotline!

Heading to Massachusetts and excited to visit  as many of my fave Retro Roadmappy places as I could, the first thing I realized was, “Dang! That’s a lot of eating!” Luckily I was able to call on Larry Cultrera of Diner Hotline to chronicle some of the many fine diners in my home state. He’s […]

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Flickr Friday – Old Real Diners

This week’s Flickr Friday gives us a feast for the eyes,  the wonderful group of photos collected in  Old “Real” Diners! This group is for photos of old diners (not the super chrome modern ones). The photos can be exterior shots, details, and interiors as long as they feature predominantly the design (not the food […]

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