When the road called, I had to answer. I threw my backpack and hiking boots in the back of my battered truck, and drove to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon for some of the best hiking in the Northeast. Also knows as the Pine Creek George, this little gem is located just ten miles outside of Wellsboro Pennsylvania.
Tired and hungry after a long day hiking–hankering for a black cup of coffee, a piping hot roast beef sandwich, and a warm piece of apple pie with vanilla ice cream melting around the edges. Just thinking about it makes my stomach sit up and beg. I follow my nose to a green porcelain jewel known in these parts as the Wellsboro Diner.
Pennsylvania is rich in diners according to my guidebook Diners of Pennsylvania. This second edition of Pennsylvania diners is written by Brian Butko, Kevin Patrick, and Kyle R. Weaver. The book is a combination of historical research, photos, and maps.
According to the authors, the diner has been a fixture of Wellsboro since 1939. It’s Pennsylvania’s only surviving example of a New England barrel roof diner. It was manufactured by Sterling in 1938. The diner was established in 1939 by Louis Meier and his brother-in-law, Walter Schnaker.
The sixty-eight seat diner was first called Schnaker’s. In 1941, Walter ended up leaving for New York to open a new diner, and Louis put Wellsboro’s diner up for sale in the early 50’s. The name changed when the diner got new owners.
The diner remained unchanged until 1994 when an adjacent building was bought and converted into a dining room and gift shop. It’s currently owned by Nelle Rounsaville, who keeps the diner in original peak condition .
I loved the Wellsboro Diner. The food was good and served in generous portions. I found out that I’m not the only one was appreciate Wellsboro’s porcelain jewel. The Wellsboro Diner was recently named one of top ten classic diners. Check it out, but leave room for desert.