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April 1, 2012

Gordie's diner reprise

It apparently opened a faucet of memories when I wrote recently about diners.

I heard the iconic email phrase, "You've got mail," over and over again. I answered the telephone repeatedly and responded to a plethora of Facebook messages. It took much longer to do our grocery shopping, thanks to old and new friends stopping in the aisles to offer things like, "Yeah, but you didn't mention the diner in …"

I love to say "Quechee" out loud. Like "Peasleeville," it just rolls off the tongue. Farmer's Diner in Quechee, Vt., deserves mention. Recently, they served free pancakes while raising money for nonprofits and deserve a tip of the hat.

Duke's Diner on the Tom Miller Road was formerly in downtown Plattsburgh. Along with other local eateries, the proprietor has used his contacts and his good name to raise money for worthy causes.

This space isn't large enough to include the names of all the diners past and present that are jammed into my addled brain; but I feel compelled to mention a few. I was reminded of a former diner located on the north side of Route 3 east of the intersection with Route 22B.

I received an email from Phil Gordon along with a neat photo, circa 1918. He wrote, "The diner sat on the side of where the Highway Gas station is located. In the '30s and '40s, Vic Rivers had a diner across from the D&H Railway station. It's now the Johnson Glass Company." Great information.

Bruce Behan wrote, "Read your column on diners and it brought me back to my younger days. I remember Jock's Diner (Jock's Lunch) in Cadyville. Of course, there was the Plattsburgh Diner across from the Federal Building on Brinkerhoff. There was the diner on Clinton Street which I think had more names than Zsa Zsa Gabor has had husbands. I also liked the Cherry Hill Diner in Malone, which was popular with the truck drivers for the good food."

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