Diners – Indiana’s back-roads gems

The Plainfield Oasis Diner, which was relocated in 2015 to the town’s west side along the National Road (U.S. 40), is a back-roads gem.

Oasis Diner
Oasis Diner
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The 1954 diner, built in the Streamline Modern style, was manufactured in New Jersey and transported to Indiana by rail. The front portion is the original 35-foot chrome structure, accented by red, white, and blue stripes. Inside, it still has the original 1954 peach and gray tile interior, with a peach-colored counter and rehabbed stainless steel exterior. The coffee cup sign and pink tile interior create a setting inspired by speed and the motor age.

The diner was placed on Indiana Landmarks 10 Most Endangered List in May 2010, after enlisting Ratio Architects to perform a relocation study for the 1950s-style Plainfield Diner. Doug Huff, owner of L.D. Huff Construction, Inc., and Don Rector moved the diner four miles west to its new location. The menu reflects made-from-scratch dishes, baked goods, hand-crafted sodas, and old-time diner staples like burgers, tenderloins, and ice cream floats.

Diners were especially popular in the 1940s and 1950s, enticing patrons looking for convenient, made-to-order food, hot breakfasts, tenderloin sandwiches, chili platters, and steaming coffee. The Plainfield Oasis Diner is believed to be one of the last structures of its kind on the National Road.

Check out this Indiana’s back-roads gem today.

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