Swan Street Diner


700 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210

About Swan Street Diner

The Swan Street Diner Car History

The Swan Street Diner is a classic example of the early Sterling Company diner cars, crafted by the J.B. Judkins Company in Merrimac, Massachusetts. These unique diner cars were produced between 1936 and 1942, with each unit given a distinctive number upon completion. The Swan Street Diner, bearing the number 397, was built in 1937.

This diner features elegant mahogany trim, a barrel-vaulted ceiling, and walls and ceilings covered with porcelain enamel. The Sterling Company prided itself on producing all necessary components in-house, ensuring top-notch quality and craftsmanship. Every Sterling diner was custom-designed, constructed on-site, and assembled section by section. Elements such as width, length, kitchen location, door placement, window placement, and back wall sections could all be tailored to fit specific needs, allowing for rapid, on-site assembly of a truly bespoke diner car. This modular design enabled business owners, many of whom were returning soldiers, to start small and expand their diner as their business grew. It provided an affordable route into entrepreneurship.

Initially known as the Newark Diner, the Swan Street Diner was located in Newark, N.Y., near Rochester. It arrived in pieces in 1937 and was assembled on location. Its proximity to the Erie Canal and Route 31 guaranteed a steady stream of customers. Over the years, it has had three owners: original proprietor Paul Scolfield, John Reynolds, and Jim McBride, who operated it for 27 years until 2013 when the Larkin Development Group acquired it. The diner was then moved to Akron, Ohio, before returning to Buffalo for a comprehensive restoration. Original features like the enamel panels, bar stools, and wood trim have been preserved, while the booths have been newly fabricated to match the original Newark Diner layout. The counter has also been rebuilt following the original glass-top design.

New Beginnings

Opened in October 2017, the Swan Street Diner is more than just Sterling Diner No. 397; it’s a vibrant destination for classic diner fare in the heart of Larkinville. Renowned for its delicious breakfast and lunch offerings, the diner serves a variety of mouthwatering dishes that harken back to the golden age of diners. From fluffy pancakes and hearty omelets to juicy burgers and fresh salads, there’s something for everyone.

But the Swan Street Diner’s appeal doesn’t stop at food. Patrons can enjoy a perfect cup of coffee, indulge in creamy milkshakes, or unwind with a selection of cocktails and wine. This blend of nostalgic diner experience and modern culinary delights makes each visit memorable.

The launch of the Swan Street Diner has cemented Larkinville as Buffalo’s premier food and drink hotspot. With the popularity of food trucks in Larkin Square, The Filling Station Restaurant, and the Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery, the addition of the Swan Street Diner enhances the area’s vibrant culinary scene.

Private Events

In addition to its daily offerings, the Swan Street Diner now provides private event services, complete with cocktails and dinner options. Whether it’s a birthday celebration, corporate event, or an intimate gathering, the diner offers a unique venue that combines historical charm with modern amenities.

Experience the best of classic diner cuisine and hospitality at the Swan Street Diner, where each meal is a delightful journey back in time.

Buffalo Location

700 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210