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Arizona Diners

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Dot's Diner
Bisbee, AZ
Dot's Diner, another Valentine, was originally installed in 1957 in Los Angeles as Burger Bar No. 3. It was moved to another L.A. location where it was abandoned for 13 years. In 1996, the 10-stool diner was moved here to the Shady Dell. It was restored and reopened in 1997. For more, see this website. [map]

Welcome Diner
Phoenix, AZ

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The Welcome Diner is a Valentine from the 1930s. It was originally installed in Los Angeles. Later, it was moved to Williams, AZ near the Grand Canyon. In 1982, the diner opened here but closed shortly thereafter. It sat for over 20 years before reopening in 2004. The interior still features the wall safe where owners would put a percentage of the day's profits for the Valentine's representative. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Mel's Diner
Phoenix, AZ
Mel's Diner was installed here in 1963 as Lester's Diner. I don't know what company manufactured the diner. The owner, Lester Bammesberg, later opened three other Lester's Diners. The diners in Bryan, OH and Fort Lauderdale, FL are still operating and have signs with the same design. The third diner in Daytona Beach, FL is still there but has been converted into Surplus Unlimited, a boat supply store.

In 1970, this diner became Glenn's Diner and then Chris' Diner. The name and sign were changed to Mel's Diner for the TV show "Alice". The sign appeared on the show but the filming did not take place here. The diner changed names a few times after that. Sometime after 2003, it became Mel's Diner again. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Twin Arrows Cafe
Twin Arrows, AZ
The Twin Arrows Cafe is another Valentine, probably from the early 1950s. It was part of the Twin Arrows Trading Post which featured a gift shop and gas station. This diner has been closed and boarded up since at least the early 1990s. The once popular Route 66 stop is now closed off and owned by the state. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Highway Diner
Winslow, AZ

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The Highway Diner, a Valentine diner, was installed here around 1946. It was called "Irene's Diner" for some time before reverting to its original name. When the 2004 photos above were taken, the diner was still open. It closed around 2005 and has been vacant since then. In 2008, the diner was awarded a grant for restoration. When the 2012 photos were taken, it appeared that the paint had been stripped. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Santa Fe Diner [gone]
Winslow, AZ
The Santa Fe Diner is another Valentine diner. This one was originally installed in 1950 as the "Birth Place Diner" since it was located on the site of Winslow's first dwelling. At that point, there was a small stork on the roof. The diner was also known as the "One Spot Grill". An awning and a canopy connecting it to the adjacent building were installed. Since this photo from 2004, the diner was to private property in Sultan, WA. I believe it is still under tarps. For more, see this website.

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