The Englewood Diner stood in Peabody Square in the 1970s but was replaced by the Englewood Apartment building in the point between Dorchester Avenue and Talbot Avenue.
Later the Englewood operated in the parking lot of the shopping center on Morrissey Boulevard in front of the former Dorchester Potter building.
From the March 2001 Ashmont Outlook:
"Englewood Diner Goes to Hollywood
"Long a Peabody Square landmark, the 1941 Englewood Diner was relocated when the elderly housing was built in the square, and it has been moved from place to place as it has changed ownership over the years. Its current owner purchased it intending to add it onto his home in Holden. But the diner was destined for greatness: After long negotiations with Dreamworks SKG, the diner is being hauled to Chicago, where it will be used for one day of filming in a Tom Hanks movie (still untitled). The diner will then go back to Holden. Cost to Dreamworks: $40,000 to the owner and $16,000 to the hauling company. (as reported in the Boston Globe, February 4, 2001)."
A September 2002 online article from the American Diner Museum (http://www.dinermuseum.org/articles/article6.php) says, among many other things about the diner's travels to movie fame:
"The Englewood has been called the "most moved non-lunch wagon type diner in history." It originally operated in Dorchester, a suburb of Boston, and closed in the late 1970s. It operated once again in Dorchester for about five years in the late '80s, but in the interim, traveled in Massachusetts to storage spots in Cambridge, Boston, Fitchburg, Framingham, Natick and Ashburnham. Since diners were originally made to be moved, the Englewood's most recent journey to Chicago and back to New England gives it the proud honor of the title."
The movie, which starred Tom Hanks and Paul Newman, was ultimately titled "The Road to Perdition." The diner was an anachronism in the movie: while it was built in 1941, the movie, which was about gangsters in Chicago, was placed in 1931.
The diner stood in Peabody Square about where the firemen park their cars adjacent to the elderly housing (which is appropriately called the Englewood Apartments). Many people remember the diner with fondness and would like to bring it back home to Peabody Square...one way or another.
Information found on the internet dated 2005
Hail New England's new diner king!
A New Years Day call from Dave Pritchard brought us some pretty amazing news. Pritchard, a Salisbury, Massachusetts truck dealer who also owns three diners, just added two more to his collection. Already the owner of Chubby's, an O'Mahony in operation next to his dealership, he had also acquired the long-wandering Englewood Diner and the Miss Newport Diner in 2003.
In the past few months, he's added a former Monarch Diner, long closed and in storage in Sanford, Maine and the Olympian Diner which last operated in Braintree, Massachusetts.
If you ask Pritchard what he plans to do with all these diners, you won't likely get a solid answer. He's not yet sure. A self-proclaimed collector of stuff, he got bit by the bug a few years ago after buying Chubby's and leasing the operation to someone with real restaurant experience. In his purchase of the Monarch, Pritchard finally pried free a diner sought after by several prospective owners. Owned by Phylis Neal who had planned to open it when she bought it eighteen years ago, she apparently relented to Pritchard's offer. Though he won't disclose the exact sum he paid, he tells us that the diner retains most of its original fixtures and furniture.
Pritchard tells Roadside, however, that he does plan to find a good home for at least one of his prizes. In the meantime, all four sit safely stored on his property.
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Created: August 24, 2005 Modified: February 19, 2007