PHOTO GALLERY: The 63 Diner remains a Columbia landmark

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 11:46 p.m. CST; updated 7:40 a.m. CST, Thursday, November 17, 2011

COLUMBIA — The 63 Diner opened in 1989 and quickly became a Columbia landmark. After closing for more than a year, the 63 Diner on Missouri 763 reopened in 2009 under new ownership.

The diner's walls are still adorned with pictures of singers and figures from the '50s and '60s, such as Elvis Presley and Betty Boop. The waitresses also get in character by dressing in poodle skirts every night. 

The 63 Diner, 5801 N. Missouri 763, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays.


Neon lights shine on the 63 Diner on Wednesday night on Missouri 763. The diner reopened in May 2009 after being closed for a year.
Robin Taylor waits on a table of regulars Wednesday at the 63 Diner. Each booth at the diner has a unique theme dedicated to a '50s character, such as Elvis Presley, Betty Boop, Marilyn Monroe and Beetle Bailey.
Cooks Lodell Jackman, left, and Jacob Brown serve orders Wednesday at the 63 Diner. The restaurant serves traditional diner food like banana splits, burgers, fried chicken and an assortment of pies.
Waitresses Robin Taylor, left, and Taylor Arnold fill orders behind the counter Wednesday at the 63 Diner. Each of the waitresses has a uniform of a white button-up top with a poodle decal and a long circle skirt. Some of the waitresses get their skirts custom-made, using unique patterns or decals to express their personalities.
MU junior Robin Taylor, left, and sophomore Taylor Arnold gossip between waiting tables on Wednesday at the 63 Diner. Arnold, who has been working at the diner for 5 years, was introduced to the restaurant because her mother originally worked there. Arnold also met her boyfriend, Jacob Brown, at work. He is a chef.
Busboy Stanley McCray sweeps the floor in the hall outside the restaurant Wednesday at the 63 Diner. The hall, as well as the restaurant, is decorated with '50s memorabilia. The diner is open until 9 p.m. every night except Sunday, when it is closed.

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Sally Willis November 17, 2011 | 8:31 a.m.

This place has the best home cooking food! Love it!

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Michael Williams November 17, 2011 | 8:51 a.m.

Sally: I agree. I've enjoyed dining at 63-Diner for a long time.

I really like this style of cooking; I guess it's the "rural" boy in me. When I'm out-and-about the state and get hungry, I generally locate the county seat and drive around the square until I find a bunch of pickup trucks outside a restaurant. Farmers won't tolerate a bad meal, and that's the kind of cooking I really appreciate.

Except for a few notable exceptions (63-Diner is one of them, CC's is another), I have little regard for most in-town Columbia restaurants. The style is what I term "foo-foo-food"....long on presentation and cost, short on taste. For me, it is not necessary to "fancy-up" food. It IS necessary to do simple cooking VERY well.

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