Diner rolls into Wayne Junction to start a $13M N. Philly renovation

A mothballed 1950 mountain diner is getting a new life in Philadelphia.

Mike DeNardo
August 03, 2018 - 7:32 am
Wayne Junction Diner

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A mothballed 1950 mountain diner is getting a new life in Philadelphia.

The chrome and red-striped diner arrived Friday afternoon on a flatbed truck from Connecticut to its new space at 133 Berkley Street, where it will incorporated into a restaurant for a $13 million mixed-use re-development project around SEPTA's Wayne Junction Regional Rail Station.

"It seemed like an area that was ready to be improved," said developer Ken Weinstein. "There's a lot of blighted buildings in the area. But really the key is the Wayne Junction train station."

The former Mickey's Windham Diner was hauled from its home in Willimantic, Connecticut on Tuesday and traveled through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to its destination in Germantown, where Weinstein, the man who put the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy, is re-christening it the Wayne Junction Diner.

"What we really love about bringing the Wayne Junction Diner back to Wayne Junction is that diners appeal to everybody," Weistein said...."It's been quite a process getting the permits in each of the four states, but once we left, it's been clear sailing all the way to Philadelphia." 

The diner was a welcome site for many neighborhood residents, including John Trudeau.

"This area has been pretty run down," he said, "so putting something in here that is new and might draw people with a positive vibe, it's very good."

Interior of the former Mickey's Windham Diner.
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Darrell Williams has lived in the neighborhood for 48 years.

"I have't seen a dinner here," Williams said. "It hadn't been open in 30 years and to see this one it made me stop and take notice. It gave me goose bumps."

The Wayne Junction Redevelopment Project is slated to be completed in the spring of 2019.

KYW's John McDevitt contributed to this report.