DINER BUILDERS
DINERS BUILDERS

Following is a list of diner company abbreviations. I consider true diners to be those built in factories and shipped to their sites. The bulk of these companies flourished from the 30's to the 60's. Old-fashioned "chrome" diners are once again being built by companies trying to cash in on our comfort with nostalgia. Also, a recent trend in restautrant chains such as Denny's, Johnny Rockets, Ruby's, 5&Diner, Mel's Drive-In, and Chubby's is to capture the look of yesteryear.

Listings follow this format:

DINER NAME - street address, city (diner builder - year built) (other info)

ABBR.
MAJOR DINER BUILDERS
LOCATION
YEARS
CA Charles Amend Los Angeles, CA 1927-?
BX Bixler Manufacturing Company Ohio 1931-37
DR DeRaffele Manufacturing, Inc. New Rochelle, NY '33-Now
DG Diner Group Ltd. Atlanta, GA '71-Now
DM Diner-Mite Diners Atlanta, GA '59-Now
ER Erfed Corporation Rutherford, NJ '56-'76
FO Fodero Dining Car Company Bloomfield, NJ 1933-81
KU Kullman Industries, Inc Lebanon, NJ '27-Now
MV Mountain View Diners Singac, NJ 1939-57
Musi Musi Dining Car Company Carteret, NJ 1966-?
OM Jerry O'Mahoney, Inc. Elizabeth, NJ 1913-56
PM Paramount Modular Concepts, Inc Oakland, NJ '32-Now
Pedco Pedco Mesa, AZ '87-Now
SC Silk City Diners Paterson, NJ 1927-64
Starlite Starlite Diners Inc. (Valiant Diners) Holly Hill, FL '92-Now
Swingle Swingle Diners, Inc Middlesex, NJ 1957-88
UNI Uniwest Construction, Inc. Arlington, VA '88-Now
V Valentine Manufacturing Co. Wichita, KS 1938-74
W Worcester Lunch Car Company Worcester, MA 1906-61

ABBR.
OTHER CLASSIFICATIONS
*
Diner moved or no longer extant
H Home-made diners, built on site
Trolley Old trolleys converted to diners
unconfirmed Existence not yet verified
RETRO-RANT CHAINS
Chubby's Diner
Denny's (presented as Denny's Diner)
Ed Debevic's
Johnny Rockets
Mel's Drive-In
Ruby's Diner
5 & Diner