We got up on Tuesday and tootled down to Kenosha. Our first stop was breakfast at Frank's Diner. Friends had shared pictures with me in the past so I knew we wanted to go. My pictures are wretched because it was PACKED. People just line up behind the counter stools and wait. I gotta admit I was started to get hot and claustrophobic by the time we reached the front of the line…not sure I could do that again, but the place IS wonderful. It's a wonderful old diner (reminded me of this one). From their website:
In 1926, there was some real excitement in downtown Kenosha when six horses pulled Franks Diner to the spot where it stands today. The structure was built by the Jerry O'Mahoney company in New Jersey and shipped to Kenosha on a railroad flat car.
Anthony Franks, who first learned of the unique restaurant opportunity through a magazine article, paid $7,500 plus $325 in shipping charges to launch his business. He added a dining room in 1935 and a larger kitchen in the mid 1940s.
The Franks family operated Franks Diner until 2001 when it was purchased by Kris Derwae, Lynn Groleau and Chris Schwartz. In 2006 Derwae moved on, but Lynn and Chris kept on cookin'! The original atmosphere and delicious food continue on. Franks Diner is now owned and operated by Julie Rittmiller and Kevin Ervin.
We eventually got a booth and gave a big sigh of relief. Breakfast itself was so-so; I have a feeling I should have gone with their specialty garbage plate, but the experience was well worth it. Recommended!
Kenosha was quite charming…and there was some nice neon.
And yes, lamp shades for David Olney.