Rosie’s Diner

Some time ago I read a story on one of the blogs I follow (HERE) entitled Rosie’s Diner.

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Coincidentally, we have a Rosie’s Diner here in Monument, Colorado. 

Now, we don’t eat out much, but I told the owner of the blog I would take some photos next time I went there . . . which was last night.

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The place had been redecorated from last time we were there (about a year ago) . . . but it was for the better, as they retained the decor and improved on it.

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The booths  are more colorful than they had been . . . 

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What’s that on the table, you ask? Why, it’s a replica of a jukebox. And when I say ‘replica’, I mean a working original tied to the sound system of the place.

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We put in our four quarters and listened to the eight songs we picked (they are queued along with selections from other booths). The music plays even if you don’t pick a song, but at the cost of 25¢ you can hear songs you used to listen on your 45 (the record player, not the gun). 

They had some new murals to complement the many signed celebrities photos, car photos, and 50s and 60s paraphernalia. 

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That’s right . . . that’s Frankie, Dino, and Sammy . . . 

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I ordered the same thing I ate the last time I was there . . . the Lumberjack Skillet. Potatoes smothered with cheese, sausage links, French Toast, two medium eggs over dry wheat toast (no butter . . . I’m watching my weight). Melisa ordered the Vegetarian Skillet, and it also comes with French Toast.

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There were no leftovers.

Before we left I asked our very nice waitress if I could take a picture of the shirt she was wearing (available for sale at the checkout), and she graciously agreed.

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What’s with the car, some might ask.

Rosie’s sponsors a local car show every year, with vintage cars competing for cash prizes. Maybe this year I’ll stop by with my camera . . . if I remember.

Some might look at the photos and think the place was empty . . . and it was when we got there, as we came early to beat the dinner rush. Most of the boots and tables were filled by the time we left. 

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Looking forward to visiting again next year. By the way, all photos taken using my Samsung Note II, processed in the Snapseed and Pixlr-Express apps. Click on any photo for a larger view (it will open in a new window or tab).

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19 Responses to Rosie’s Diner

  1. What a fascinating place – a real slice of Americana.

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  2. seekraz says:

    Looks like a nice place….and decent photos with your phone.

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  3. What a fantastic place! We could do with one of those near us to liven things up! Amelia

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  4. mvschulze says:

    I would think that may be the original diner which I knew quite well from the Rt. 46 Little Ferry Circle in Bergen County, NJ. The many paper towel commercials were shot there giving it it’s fame, besides the iconic ’50’s diner ambiance and food. It was sold and removed many years ago – to Colorado???? M

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  5. sandra getgood says:

    That looks like an amazing place…. and the food looks pretty authentic too. We had a luncheonette in my home town when I was a kid, and although it didn’t have a lot of the amenities and decor Rosie’s Diner has, it did have those little jukebox thingies in every booth, and the food was plain but great. Strictly comfort food, directed at families, and a very popular place to eat, even though there were no parking places within thirty yards of the door, and you had to get there early to get a booth, or even a seat at the counter. It was great. If Rosie’s Diner were in my neighborhood….or even a few towns over…I’d jump at the chance to eat there….like going back in time!

    Great pictures, too !

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    • disperser says:

      It is a fun place to eat, but you must leave all thoughts of diets at the door (and we do).

      The menu does have “healthy” fare, but what’s the point of going there if you’re not going to get into the spirit of it. Sadly, we did not get the milkshake this time (we usually do).

      For me it’s not so much going back in time as I did not live in the US during that era . . . but I enjoy the decor, enjoy the food, and enjoy the experience . . . a dining win-win-win.

      Thanks.

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  6. colonialist says:

    I can’t think of anything we have in South Africa which compares. That is authentic USA!

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  7. oneowner says:

    I’m a fan of diners like this and it’s not just for the food. Most of these places seem so popular I can’t help wonder why there are not more. It seems like a logical way to design a restaurant.
    I’m also impressed with the quality of the Note.

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    • disperser says:

      We occasionally come across similar diners (or what look like similar dinars) in some of our travels (most recently in Florida), but you are right . . . not many around.

      I don’t know if this might relate to new ones obviously being “new”, and not so much a part of an era gone by.

      And yah, can’t really bitch about the phone camera much, at least for these shots.

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  8. araneus1 says:

    Awesome……… that’s for getting these shots, and for the story mention. It is everything you said it was and more….. my characters would be very happy there.
    Terry

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  9. AnnMarie says:

    Beautiful, fun and delicious! That about sums up my thoughts on Rosie’s Diner. Gotta put it on my Bucket List . . .

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