The Springfield Royal Diner of Springfield, VT reopened last week. Closed for the last year or so this diner is an extremely rare Mahony Diner. Mahony was one of the companies spawned by Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company. According to Dick Gutman’s American Diner Then & Now, the company only built 4 diners and as far as we know this diner could be the last one in existence.
Originally operated in Kingston, NY, where I first encountered it back in the 1980’s when it was called the Royal Diner. It closed in Kingston a few years back and was eventually bought by Matt Aldrich and moved to Springfield. He spent some time cleaning it up and building additions to both the right and left side and installed matching stainless-steel exteriors to these additions making the whole complex a cohesive blend. These were added on to his existing building which housed his Corvette Museum. Aldrich moved his Corvette collection out of the space the museum operated from within the last 2 years and I believe he replaced it with some sort of lounge. The diner operated for around 6 years but was closed abruptly last year. In fact Matt has been selling off some coffee mugs on ebay recently, (I know, I bought one).
An article appeared in the Rutland Herald on Saturday the 22nd telling of the reopening. It is now called the Springfield Royal Diner and Pancake House. Here is a link to the article… http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080322/NEWS04/803220333/1003/NEWS02