Webster's Dictionary defines a diner as "a restaurant in the shape of a railroad car." The word "diner" is a derivative of "dining car", and-in fact-popular styles were borrowed from actual rolling stock.
One of the leaders in diner production was Jerry O'Mahony, Inc of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Between 1913 and 1956 they produced a variety of styles. O'Mahony diners were known for such features as barrel roofs, bright red porcelain exteriors with cream lettering and railroad-car-like monitor roofs (which followed the trend of the time). O'Mahony introduced stainless-steel exterior's in the 40's and the style dominated until the company went out of business in 1956.
Plain Jane's Diner is a classic example of O'Mahony's stainless design. Manufactured in 1954, this "car" started life as Bells Pond Diner in Humphriesville, New York. The diner was relocated to this site in 1990. The current owners, Jeff and Vicki Day, purchased the O'Mahony in 2004. Jeff has been a chef for the past ten years and is looking to creating homecooked meals with style, flair, and fun.
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