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The 63 Diner is known around Columbia for its old-fashioned cheeseburgers, french fries and malts. The diner opened in 1989. Its employees wear original clothing from the '50s, and the diner is decorated with memorabilia and photographs from the past.
Address: 5801 N. Highway 763, Columbia, MO 65202
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday
Norton and Mary Evans, residents of Columbia, opened the 63 Diner in 1989. It quickly became well known. The diner was sold in 2005 to a company called 63 Diner North Columbia LLC. It was foreclosed in 2008 because of a $1.23 million debt and was auctioned off to new owners, Julie Cook and Jay Montgomery, who restored the diner.
The restoration made the diner look more like it did in 1989. The new owners cleaned, painted, installed a new roof and replaced plumbing before re-opening. The diner re-opened May 26, 2009.
The diner is known for its pork tenderloins and cheeseburgers. It has an array of desserts, including homemade pies, cheesecake, banana splits and malts. It is also known for its friendly atmosphere and authentic food. The waitresses wear original poodle skirts and Route 66 shirts to make the experience genuine. The busiest day of the week at the diner is Saturday, when seating capacity is usually filled. Each booth is personalized with a character or a celebrity from the 1950s, and the decor is "unique and fanciful; a true feast for your visual senses!"according to the diner's website.
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Updated: March 11, 2012