Signs of Lynn – Capitol Diner

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This week’s photo was sent by reader Dorothy Gallagher Kiley. Thanks!

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.


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Historic Historical Marker

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Charlie’s Junction Deli

Little River Inn

Announcing the series (Read this if you want to understand what it’s all about)



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My groomsman and I had breakfast there before my wedding. I used to work at FNX and get a sandwich, it had a whole pig’s worth of bacon on it… AWESOME!

one more thing…. who remembers the goat? and the rooster?

I have so many wonderful memories of meeting my family members there for breakfast. I remember how kind Joyce and Marie were to my brothers. Of course, Bobby Fennell is one of the finest men I know. We’re so lucky to have him represent us at the State House. Thanks Bobby for the Mickey Mouse pancakes and great times at the Capital Diner.

Thanks Dinerhotline! I appreciate the corrections. What I know or think I know comes from what people have told me and some stuff I found online. Bobby told me about the barber shop, himself.

I grew up with diners – born in NYC, raised for most of my grade school years in North Jersey, I was used to the 24hr kind with enormous menus. But it seems New England has better preserved older diners.

While working for the North Shore News Company, I delivered papers there for years,sometimes I would see the owner Buddy Fennell,and he would take the papers from me,around 400am.

that should have said “Buddy’s uncle George”

your history is a bit incorrect. It was always at this address since 1928. Buddy Fennell’s uncle geaorge bought the diner in 1938. Buddy came into the picture around 10 years later.