New Jersey is known as “the diner capital of the world.” A truly classic American "diner" is a prefabricated restaurant, with the exterior partly or wholly stainless steel, and brought to the site to be assembled.
There were several classic diner manufacturers, mostly in New Jersey. Possibly the best known of these was the Jerry O’Mahony Company, which produced around 2,000 diners from 1917 to 1952. Only about 20 of these are still extant, with the Summit Diner being one of them. It was built in 1938.
The Summit Diner in Summit, New Jersey is one of the classic New Jersey diners. My husband had a BLT and I had a grilled cheese sandwich (and we're both on diets, boo!) They were both delicious, and the staff was very friendly.
Summit is a very wealthy town, and there are some rich and famous people living there. So I really like that the Summit Diner is deeply involved with the Other Fellow First Foundation. The Foundation website says:
We exist to bring help and comfort to New Jersey families in distress. In life, the true measure of a person is not how high you fly. Instead, we think it's all about how high you bounce. All of us have good and bad days. Most of us have better good ones than bad. However, every once in a while, the less fortunate need a helping hand. That is why we exist. We fund only organizations that deal with New Jersey families in distress. All of our profits go to organizations like the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the New Jersey Community Foundation, Summit Area Public Foundation or Family Promise.
The website also says that
We have chosen the Summit Diner as our symbol. People come to the Summit Diner for much more than just great food. It deals with many other personal hungers. It is a great place to meet someone and feel like you belong. Its honest simplicity and cozy atmosphere make it a great metaphor for a foundation with our mission, operating in the most densely populated state in the country.
Well, how wonderful can you be? The Summit Diner is the real deal in so many ways!
The outdoor photos I took with my Canon, and the bottom two photos I took with my iPhone for Instagram, but somehow they ended up here ; )
You can read about the Summit Diner here.
You can read the Our Fellow First Foundation website here.
You can read more about diners in these wonderful sites:
John Baeder does wonderful paintings of diners (click on oil and watercolor links):
John Baeder Fine Art
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