Friendly and familiar,
Diners evoke a down-home comfort.


Formica counter-tops

Daily specials are taped to the menu board

Counter top donut 
display case... 
guaranteed fresh!


The classic oblong steel and glass diner represents one of the most uniquely charming and completely American of styles, much beloved and sought after. Originally inspired by the glamour of railroad dining cars, the train-car shaped metal restaurant structures are a mainstay of 20th-century roadside and "hometown" culture. Although their heyday peaked in the 1950s, diner cars are still manufactured today.

Burlington Diner, Chicago, Illinois
Burlington Diner, Chicago, Illinois
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Inside a diner are the dazzling colors, comforting curves, and reflective surfaces that invite us to settle down with a chunky white mug of coffee and a slice of apple pie. Catch a glimpse of a stranger reflected in the polished stainless steel behind the open grill.

Neon lights, as detail or on its own, evokes the definitive diner

Contemplate the donuts in their countertop display. Ask the waitress in her pale blue uniform for a refill on that coffee. Watch the streetlights shining in the hoods of cars outside. And of course, donít forget to put a quarter in the jukebox, whether itís the miniature version at each table, or the big one at one end of the oblong room.

Diner style evokes a special kind of comfortómore public and industrial than we expect from home, but offering more privacy and solace than a formal restaurant. Itís a place to be a regular and talk about the good old days. Perhaps your kitchen has the soul of a diner, waiting to be released.

Soda pop or a milk shake, as long as we can share the straw, we'll keep coming back!

Elements of Style:


Stainless steel abounds, from kitchen back-splashes, and polished refrigerator doors, to napkin holders and creamers. 

Glass blocks, tile, and Formica paneling become mainstays of this style. They are some of the newest and best examples of innovative materials developed during that day, helping define the 1950's style.


Linoleum checked floors and glass blocks counter bases. 


It's all in the details; glass bricks, a nickel jukebox on each table, restaurant accessories like napkin holder, sugar dispenser, and ketchup squeeze bottles.


Share a soda pop at the counter, lazily swaying on the polished spinning stools. Bright-colored wood booths with red and white checker patterns tracing the rounded and curved back rests. Formica table and counter tops, with spider-web patterns of gold and fleckels of  green and blue.



Floors: Linoleum is a staple in vintage Diner style. A new comer to interior design in the 1950's, it is durable, colorful and available in a multitude of patterns. Most common floors are faux granite in appearance, or the classic white-black, or red-black checker board pattern.

Brooklyn Diner, NYC on 57th Street. 

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