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1922, Worcester Lunch Car Company. 36 South Ave.
  • Casey's (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

Believed to be the longest-operating diner in Massachusetts, Casey's is highly unusual as an early and well-preserved ten-stooler model produced by the Worcester Lunch Car Company. Inside, Casey's is the quintessential Worcester lunch car. The quartered oak counter, oak stools, brass footrest, and narrow counter along the inside front wall are significant survivals. Other early finishes include the hexagonal tile floor, glazed wood pocket doors, and etched glass at the main entrance. In 1927, longtime proprietor Frederick A. Casey purchased the lunch car. Occupying its second location in downtown Natick, the diner is operated today by a third generation of the Casey family.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Casey's", [Natick, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 525-525.

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