50 Cute Diner Names

Who doesn’t love dining at a mom and pop diner? If you have a passion for customer service and food, combine these with management skills and open a diner!


Steps to Opening a Diner

When it comes to opening any kind of food service establishment, you need to secure the proper permits from the state, county/city, and through the local health department. In order to begin the process, you likely need to think of some good diner names first, but more on this later!

A good starting point would be contacting your state’s Division of Corporations to see about registering your business as a legal entity, and they may be able to advise you further as to your next step.

Once you have secured the proper licensing and permits, it’s time to look for a good location to start your business. You will want to find a place that is subject to a lot of traffic for maximum customer exposure. Downtown areas tend to be good, busy places for small, local restaurants to flourish and often have busy periods during festivals and local celebrations.

While searching for that perfect location, also be looking for your food supplier and equipment you will be needing to furnish the kitchen and dining lobby. You may be able to find much of what you need by searching Craigslist and from other restaurants who will be closing for whatever reason. Keep in mind that purchasing used furniture and equipment and refurbishing it is a lot cheaper than purchasing everything new, and all you need is some elbow grease and a few helping hands!

One of your final steps would be drafting your menu and hiring a couple of people to help you in the early days of operation, then later expanding your staff as you see fit. But before you get ready to open those doors…


Choosing a Catchy Diner Name

You need to think of some good diner names! Think about all the things that you would ordinarily look for in a restaurant: cleanliness, fast service, accuracy, professionalism. You want a name that stands out from the rest, a name that says why you should come in here instead of the other diner around the block.

Here’s some things to consider :

  • Location: Using your location in your diner name is helpful when it comes to advertising. People can know generally where you are located just by hearing your name. If you are located in a busy street downtown, such as 5th St, an example would be “Diner on 5th.”

  • Open time: If you are open 24/7, this is an important factor to consider when naming the diner! Not many diners are open all the time and this can give you a leg up on your competition!

  • Type of diner: Whether it’s a 50’s diner or a modern diner, make sure the name well-suits it.

  • Theme: Likewise, if you are having a fun theme inside, then the name should totally match the theme!

  • Your name: If you are the owner of a diner, be proud and name it after yourself!

Now for some example diner names to get you thinking!

Dellah's Diner
Diner on 5th
Late Night Dine Right
Downtown Diner
Dine Right Diner
The Sizzling Griddle
DineRite Diner
Grandma's House
Morning Coffee Diner
Momma's Kitchen
Sunrise Diner
Karen's Kitchen
Sunshine Diner
Over Easy Diner
Skyline Diner
The Great Breakfast Diner
The Eatery
Diner the Great
The Golden Spoon
Roller Derby Diner
Bacon Bros. Diner
Roller Gals Diner
Two Men and a Griddle
Calendar Girls Diner
Sunny Side Up Diner
Pinup Paradise Diner
Greta's 24/7 Dine In
Happy Hostess Diner
Monroe's Place
Farmhouse Diner
Kim's Place
Country Diner
Tiffany's (Yes, this is a Deep Blue Something reference)
Countryside Diner
Good Eats Diner
Barnyard Breakfast Diner
Grandma Susie's Kitchen
Rosie's Place
Rejoice Diner
Wallflower Diner
A Taste of Heaven Diner
No Wait Diner
Rascal Rally Diner
Speedy's Diner
The Diner Train
Bourbon Street Diner
The Golden Biscuit
Urban City Kitchen
The Crispy Biscuit
Grub N' Stuff Diner

Opening Your Diner

Having a clever or catchy diner name might be key to making you stand out above your competition.

One thing’s for sure, if you have your own diner, you could never starve!

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Someone Who Reads 6 months ago

So . . . Tiffany's is a Deep Blue Something reference? And not, I don't know, a Truman Capote reference?

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