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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Meet Miss Mendon: Classic Diner of Distinction 

by Marilyn Armstrong

Miss Mendon was born on the drawing board at the Worcester Dining Car Company in 1950 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Over the next 63 years, she did considerable traveling until she found her way to Mendon, the heart of New England‘s Blackstone Valley.
In her current incarnation, she is Miss Mendon, having begun as Miss Newport. She has been repainted, re-tiled, given an expanded dining area and a new kitchen. She’s had a long life and seen hard times, but despite everything, she has survived with grace and character.

She was assigned number 823 although she was actually the 623rd dining car built after Worcester Dining Cars began numbering dining cars using 200 as the base number.

She debuted on May 16, 1950. She is very much the same as she has always been. Her layout is unchanged from its original design. Her new owners modernized her a bit and added dining space along the side. 

She sports a professional kitchen.
The seats have been re-chromed, cleaned and restored. Miss Mendon looks as if she was built just yesterday She’s open for business serving good food to the people of the Valley.

You can visit her at 16 Uxbridge Rd, Mendon, MassachusettsShe is open for your dining pleasure every day from 6 AM to 10 PM. 

An American icon lives on...

Article/Photo credit: Marilyn Armstrong, author of The 12-Foot Teepee
You can visit Marilyn at her blog, Serendipity, where you will be enlightened by her writing, nature, photography, history, arts, nostalgia, humor and so much more!