The Route 6 Diner
The Route 6 Diner is located in the heart of Smethport’s Business
District on Main Street. Patrons of “The Diner”, as Smethport
natives refer to it, can view the McKean County Courthouse while
dining, or watch the traffic flow by on busy US Route 6.
The diner is built to mimic a railroad dining car, a roadside diner
style that was popular just prior to WW II. It was featured in a
documentary about “roadside diners” across Pennsylvania
that was produced by public broadcasting at Penn State University.
The 1950’s remain alive at the Route 6 Diner. Music from a
modern juke box plays a variety of tunes from the era when Elvis
was king and Marilyn Monroe was the queen of the silver screen. Staff
dressed in a 1950’s motif, and provided an outside café
during Smethport Summerfest in June, which carried a 50’s theme
during the week-long celebration.
Two dining areas offer patrons an eating choice. The front section
contains the traditional swivel seats and counter beside built-in
booths placed underneath passenger train style windows. This section
borders Main Street and provides a handy view of the daily activities
of Smethport’s Business District.
The back section has more formal dining, and a more subtle setting
that accommodates large gatherings of family, and friends.
Home cooked meals and warm, friendly people are the real treasure
of this little diner along US Route 6.