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The bright neon glow of the fabulous Olympia diner sign  in Newington Connecticut was a welcomed sight as we made our way towards Mass via the Berlin Turnpike on our last trek home. We were totally pulled into the tractorbeam of this bright oasis and I’m superpsyched to add this roadside delight to the RetroRoadmap of CT!
Neon Sign - Olympia Diner Newington, CT

As we entered this 1950’s era O’Mahoney diner we were pleased to see that the interior did not disappoint, and we were told to sit anywhere we’d like. We opted for a booth near the entrance but they also have an extended dining room for larger parties.

Olympia Diner Interior
Usually the tabletop juke boxes don’t work, which makes me sad, but in this case they were operational. Much to our dismay however, the folks behind us were pumping in quarters during our entire stay and had less than great musical taste. Luckily the food we ordered (cheeseburger / BLT) tasted better!

Tableside Juke Box - Olympia Diner, Newington CT

As I was looking over RetroRoadhusband’s shoulder I realized why the Olympia Diner looked so familiar to me – and realized it was featured on the original cover of American Diner by Richard J. S. Gutman himself! That’s a copy of the cover behind the cash stand.

American Diner - Olympia Diner Newington, CT

Food was good, the folks working there nice, and glad to know  they’re open every day ’til Midnight. I recommend going at night so you can see that stellar neon sign all lit up! The Berlin Turnpike was lined with old motels and hotels as well, they were fun to look at too.

Olympia Diner
3413 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111-5106
(860) 666-9948

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Hey everyone, don’t forget about the slide presentation and talk that Larry Cultrera’s giving at the Thomas Crane Public Library, in Quincy, MA this  Monday December 6 at 7pm!

“The Evolution of Diners – From Lunch Carts to Mega Restaurants”

diner hotline slideshow quincy ma december 6 retroroadmap.com

Larry Cultrera of DinerHotline.com will be giving a slide show and talk about the ever changing appearance of the American Diner.

Larry has been conducting a personal research project on documenting the American Diner for the past 30 years. Since November of 1980 he has photographed 800+ diners throughout the northeast including all the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland & Ohio, as well as parts of Florida, Tennessee, Michigan and Virginia. He has also photographed other selected businesses/buildings along the roadside and has a fairly large collection of dinerpostcards and diner memorabilia.

The Thomas Crane Public Library
40 Washington St
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
(617) 376-1301

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