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(508) 634-3000
16 Uxbridge Rd.
Mendon, MA 01756

About us

The diner holds a unique place in American history. The first recorded diner was a horse-drawn wagon equipped to serve hot food to employees of the Providence Journal, in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1872. Walter Scott, who ran the lunch wagon, had previously supplemented his income by selling sandwiches and coffee to his fellow pressmen at the Journal from baskets he prepared at home. Commercial production of lunch wagons began in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1887, by Thomas Buckley. Buckley was very successful and became known for his "White House Cafe" wagons.
 
Charles Palmer received the first patent (1891) for the diner. He built his "fancy night cafes" and "night lunch wagons" in the Worcester area until 1901. In 1906 Philip Duprey and Irving Stoddard established the Worcester Lunch Car Company, which shipped 'diners' all over the Eastern Seaboard. The first manufactured lunch wagons with seating appeared throughout the Northeastern US in the late 19th century, serving busy downtown locations without the need to buy expensive real estate. It is generally accepted that the name "diner" as opposed to "lunch wagon" was not widely used before 1925. Many diners still exist in the Worcester area.

Miss Mendon began her journey in 1950 as a hand drawn sketch at the desk of a designer at the Worcester dining car company in Worcester, MA. Since then she has had a storied history and has made a number of stops on her way to the little town of Mendon, MA. She has been painted, re-tiled and seen her share of characters come and go over the years. She has seen good times and not so good times, heard stories of times gone by and secrets never to be repeated, but has managed to come through the years with grace and character.

Miss Mendon actually started her life as Miss Newport and her car number was #823.  Even though her car number is 823 she was actually the 623 car built since they began their numbering sequence at 200.   She was delivered on May 16, 1950 to her first owner.  Attached are the original hand sketches of the designer’s impressions of the car. As you will see, not much has changed after all these years. The car layout remains the same as it did in 1950; we have modernized it a little bit, added a new dining area onto the side, and built a professional kitchen onto the back of the car and, re-chromed the seats and cleaned up and restored all of the finishes.

 

Today Miss Mendon looks like she was built yesterday, her character however has not changed. She still evokes fond memories of times gone by, neon lighting, juke boxes at every table, great American comfort foods and service that is friendly and courteous that will take you back to a great time in American history. We are excited to share Miss Mendon Diner to all who pass our way. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

 On the run?  Check out our Grab & Go freshly prepared sandwiches, soups, salads, and heat and eat meals.   We've even got desserts too.  Miss Mendon Diner Gift Cards Make the Perfect Gift.   They are available in any denomination.    Got an upcoming Party, Meeting, or Fundraising Event?  We can host it for you in the Imperial Room located on the second floor of Imperial Chevrolet.  Check out our Parties & Events page for more details.