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Tastee 29 Diner

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1947, Mountain View Diner Co., Singac, N.J. 10536 Lee Hwy. (U.S. 29), Fairfax

Originally five diners were located on this stretch of U.S. 29. The Tastee is the only one that survives in its nearly original high-style Moderne form with porcelain enamel siding, stainless steel prows, glass block, blue and white awnings, and multicolored neon. The exterior red steel and neon sign is original except for the 1973 addition of the word “Tastee.” The interior is nearly intact with blue Naugahyde seats, Formica, tile, and continuous back bar of stainless steel panels in radiating and diamond patterns. The original owner, Delmas T. Glascock, splurged on a gray-veined marble counter (instead of Formica) and a terrazzo floor. The best seats are the corner booths, where the glass block wall is lit by vertical fluorescent tubes.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Tastee 29 Diner", [Fairfax, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-NV43.

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Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 69-69.

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