O'Rourke's Diner

728 Main Street, Middletown


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Photo taken by Chester Gehman in July 2016



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One of the few diners built by the Mountain View Diner Company; O'Rourke's has been a Middletown landmark since 1946. Decimated by a kitchen fire on August 31, 2006 and with no insurance to cover the damage, things looked bleak until the community united and through donations between September 2006 and February 2007 restored the building. Featured on Guy Fieri's Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" on December 1, 2008.

Update Log 

  • December 22, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added info on fire and restoration.
  • July 25, 2016: Added by Chester Gehman


  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com