Yesterday morning, I finished my first and only breakfast at Metro Diner on Gaston Avenue. I had been to this location on several occasions for dinner options and easily fell in love with its charm. It’s a little slice of a time past where you are greeted with friendly hellos and your waitress (I know some prefer server) will fondly call you sugar or honey. The food, though it may not have been the leanest, was good, old-fashioned American diner fare with some southern, home-style favorites. For this type of food and this certain atmosphere, you could never go wrong. Many types of people poured out to visit the little diner for the very last time. I even ended up sitting in the booth in front of the founder, James Adams, and the current owner, Wayne Adams. The jukebox was playing some of its last tunes and Channel 8 WFAA’s Shon Gables and team were there interviewing patrons and founder, James Adams. The place was alight with life, fondness, and a bittersweet feeling for some. I couldn’t help but think I might be part of a certain generation that will be the last to remember, “how things used to be.” These are not even things from my lifetime, but they were left over remnants of a time gone. More and more historical landmarks are being torn down around Dallas and other parts of Texas. They are irreplaceable keys to the past that you could use to step back through time’s door and see how life was in yesteryears. Although, I was only a patron for several months, I can say I’m going to miss this little joint. I’m sad to think about the old-timers, the students, the hipstsers, the late-night-shifters, the drunkards, the I-don’t-know-whatsters, neighborhood residents, artists, performers, lonely-hearters, weirdos, and I’m just stopping by crowd not having a place to feed them at all hours of the day. This was one of the few spots, at least in this part of Dallas, to serve food 24 hours. Metro Diner was sold to Baylor Hospital so they could expand their facilities. I know the hospital employees, patients, and families will also miss this place. It truly was a Dallas landmark. I wish the Metro Diner Staff the best of luck in their new endeavors.
If you get to take my picture, I get to take yours. 😉
Shon Gables of Channel 8 WFAA.
The Woody – Classic Metro Diner Breakfast.
Metro Diner’s Oak Cliff location will remain open. – Farewell Bulletin Board in back of diner.
So farewell, Metro Diner, you were a joy to know even if for me it was only a short time. This song, which is one of the last songs I heard here, was an appropriate fit.
Links to articles about Metro Diner:
One Last Cup of Coffee at the Metro – by Robert Wilonsky with photos by Dylan Hollingsworth
Landmark Dallas diner closes after 43 years – by Shon Gables
Metro Diner Closes After 43 Years – by Amber Fisher with video
Link to a cute video that features Metro Diner and several other Dallas Landmark made as a tribute to the Dallas International Film Festival.