Friday, February 8, 2013
NEWARK ROADSIDE DINER, NEWARK, NY
Newark Diner goes back a long way in my life. It is one of the few restaurants that my parents, brother and I went to, when I was a child, that is still in business today. It hasn't changed much either. The only two changes that were done is the alcove was built around the front door outside and they removed the main jukebox and the coin-operated jukebox wall models that use to be at each table. Those days you could pay a nickel for one song, two for a dime or six for a quarter. You didn't have to go to the main jukebox to put the money in-you could do it at your table. You could also select the tunes from there.
The top picture is of the diner outside. The second picture is of the front, inside of the diner. Third picture is of Jim Mc Bride preparing food for a customer. Next picture shows the autographed pictures of the stars that were in this restaurant when it was used in the TV soap opera General Hospital back in 1993. Next is the back inside of the restaurant with the booths and stools. Next is their check cashing policy (which I thought was great) and their For Sale sign. Yes, it is for sale. The McBride's outside diner sign is next. Donuts on the counter are next and last but not least in their breakfast menu.
This restaurant has been there since 1939 (before my time) and was called the Sterling Streamline model restaurant, where it was made, by J. B. Judkins Company in Merrimac, Massachusetts-it is number 397 of those made. The interior and exterior are of the original porcelain with mahogany wood trimming-that you can see in the pictures. It was made for and put there for the original owner who was Paul Scofield and it was Scofield's Diner, which us old folks still call it today, myself included. Next to the diner Scofield's also owned a gas station (which is now Dunkin Donuts) and next to that was the Buick Car Dealership (now a furniture store) that the Scofield's also owned. It is one of the few remaining diner restaurants left in our area although there is one in the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.
Jim Mc Bride is the third owner of the Newark Diner and has owned it for almost 30 years. His wife and daughter, who worked with him in the restaurant, are unable to do so now for medical reasons, so he would like to sell it, retire and enjoy life. This restaurant is almost always busy, I went there several times before I could get these pictures. Usually the place is packed and customers did not want their pictures taken. Finally, I got there between lunch and diner crowds.
Served in the restaurant are sandwiches, dinners, etc. They do not sell any liquor. Most of the people that come in are locals. If you want to know anything about local town, directions, or people someone will be there that knows the answer. I still enjoy going in there after all these years-I always run into one of relatives or someone I know.
I hope someone buys it that keeps is going. Really enjoy going there all these years and don't want to stop now. If someone is interested in buying this, you have to use the land line to contact Mr. Mc Bride-there is no computer there.
Thought you might enjoy the Newark Diner. They still make the best fish fry around on Friday's. I know this isn't Amish or Mennonite, but I said I would have some other things in my area on and this is one of them. Hope you enjoy the pictures and post of the diner.
I was by there today February 5th and the restaurant is closed right now as Jim is in the hospital.