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This historic diner was built by the Brill company in 1928 and thought to be the only Brill diner still in use, and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was originally named the Miss Lynn before Buddy Fennell’s uncle George bought it in 1938. It was then handed down from Buddy to Bobby, otherwise known as State Representative Robert F. Fennell, who works behind the counter on weekends.
It’s named after the Capitol Theatre, which once faced it across the street, where the Lynn Museum Park is, now.
Here’s a Lynn Museum page on the diner, from their “Lynn Legacies” series.
Did you know there used to be a barber shop in the diner’s basement? That’s not the only unusual part of its history. What do you know about the Capitol Diner? Share what you know and your experiences in the comments below.
Previous Signs of Lynn
Announcing the series (Read this if you want to understand what it’s all about)