The Diner Manufacturer's History
Springfield Royal Diner is an original O'Mahoney vintage diner.
Jerry OMahoney, 1890-1969, is the creator of the Jersey Diner.
He sold pork and beans and corned beef hash from horse-drawn lunch
wagons in Bayonne,NJ; then later bought stationary cars, which he
renamed diners. By 1928 OMahoney and his brother, Dan, were
among the top three producers of the lunch cars. During the days
of the flapper, diner manufacturers such as the Jerry OMahoney
Company, Kullman, and Silk City deliberately began mimicking the
look of railroad dining cars to add a little class to
their products. Diners dotted the American landscape from the late
19th century and peaked in the 1950s and 1960s.
diner has always been essentially a blue-collar institution. However,
as its customers moved out of their urban neighborhoods and into
the suburbs, they left the diner behind. Despite its aura of motion,
the diner has always had an ambivalent relationship with the automobile.
This is why the Springfield Royal Diner and the Corvette Museum
provide for a unique experience. The home of all the five generations
of Corvettes, the Corvette
Museum is such a perfect match with the 50's style
artifact-filled Springfield Royal Diner.
Diners do not emulate 'fast' food, but rather friendly service
and good prepared-to-order meals that are fulfilling. Folk don't
want to have to dress up. What they expect from these 'come as you
are' places is simple, honest, and unpretentious service in a friendly
are still here because salesmen, UPS drivers, line workers are also
still here and feel most at home in a place where they can slide
into a booth and trade wisecracks with the counterman or a world-weary
waitress, who will listen to them with a smile and an approving
nod, as they serve up generous portions of an honest home cooked
meal, burgers, bottomless coffee pots all at affordable prices.