Included in the Rochester landmark Society's list of architectural gems, the Highland Park Diner was built by the Orleans Company on site in 1948 and is the only diner made by that firm still in existence - only three or four-were manufactured before the company went bankrupt.
The building functioned as a diner from 1948-1974, was vacant for two years,then became an Off Track Betting parlor run by New York state. In 1986, Robert Malley bought the building, renovated it and opened it as a diner once again.
In December of 2004 Van Zissis purchased the diner and is continuing to provide patrons of the Highland Park Diner the freshest and finest food, great atmosphere and friendly service, all in keeping with the tradition at this unique diner.
Today, Highland Park Diner patrons range from college students to mature couples, all of whom enjoy the diner's traditional foods os well as it's 'new fashioned' dishes.
Emphasizing freshness, the menu features homemade mashed potatoes, hamburgers, soups. freshty squeezed orange juice and a truly delicious apple pie (selected as the best in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler). The diner seats fifty·five, nineteen at the counter and thirty·six at the booths.