700 Swan Street • BUFFALO, NY
Open Daily, 7 A.M. – 3 P.M.
(716) 768-1823





The Swan Street Diner is an example of one of the early Sterling Company diner cars made by the J.B. Judkins Company of Merrimac, Mass. The company fabricated diner cars, each numbered upon completion, from 1936 to 1942. The Swan Street Diner is No. 397 and was manufactured in 1937.

It features mahogany trim, a barrel-vaulted ceiling and walls and ceiling made of porcelain enamel. All the parts needed to build a Sterling diner were crafted in house, allowing total control of the quality and craftsmanship. Each Sterling diner was custom-designed, built on site and assembled section by section. The width, length, location of the kitchen, placement of the door, windows and back wall sections were all optional, making possible quick, on-the-spot assembly of a truly custom-built car. The sectionalized construction would allow business owners to start small; as business grew they could simply add sections to the diner. Many of the business owners were soldiers returning home from the war. For a reasonable amount of money, they could own and operate a business.

The Swan Street Diner car was originally operated as the Newark Diner, located in Newark, N.Y., (near Rochester, N.Y.). It arrived in pieces in 1937 and was assembled on site. The proximity to the Erie Canal and Route 31 provided a steady pool of customers. The Diner has had three previous owners: original owner Paul Scolfield, John Reynolds, and Jim McBride, who operated it for 27 years until 2013, when the Larkin Development Group purchased it. The Diner was transported to Akron, Ohio and then back to Buffalo for a full restoration. The interior enamel panels, bar stools and wood trim are all original. The booths have been newly fabricated in the former foot print of the Newark Diner booths. The counter has been rebuilt according the original glass top design.



The Swan Street Diner is located in the heart of Larkinville, once home to the Larkin Soap Company, which made place settings of china, among other popular products. To satisfy demand, the Larkin Company started their own pottery plant on Seneca Street near Bailey Avenue, where pottery production continued until the company closed in 2013. The Swan Street Diner team was offered the opportunity to purchase some of the last plates and mugs made here in Buffalo for the Diner. We are delighted to serve you food on them today. The wallpaper in the restrooms, vestibule and exterior wall graphics were designed by local artists inspired by a Buffalo China plate pattern. 



Opened in October 2017, Sterling Diner No. 397 begins a new chapter of offering delicious breakfasts and lunches in Larkinville. With the popularity of food trucks in Larkin Square, The Filling Station Restaurant, and the Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery, the launch of the Swan Street Diner solidifies Larkinville as the premier food and drink destination in Buffalo.

Book a private event in the Diner by contacting Amanda Amico. 


Order ahead online for convenient take out! Online ordering is available Monday-Friday 7AM-2:30PM 

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Planning a private event? Get in touch with us about renting the diner.

We can accommodate indoor & outdoor events, including beer & wine! 

email: AmandaA@swanstreetdiner.com

Swan Street Diner Gift Cards

A gift card to the Swan Street Diner makes the perfect gift!  Cards may be purchased at the Diner or digital cards may be purchased on this site. Both may be used in the diner or for online purchases.