The Brown Duke Diner
The Brown Duke before it was moved from Washington St.
The Brown Duke in it's original location, next to Wilson-Bearden Pharmacy.
The Brown Duke before the restoration.
Backstory and Context
The Brown Duke Snack Shop is a pre-fabricated steel diner built by the Valentine Manufacturing company in c. 1948 and delivered to the Magnolia for use as a small restaurant building.James “Tamey” Duke, a local restaurant entrepreneur owned and operated the small diner until his retirement in the mid-1980s.The diner building is no longer in its original location in downtown Magnolia, Arkansas; however, one of the main characteristics of a true diner is its mobility that allowed owners to move the structure as traffic patterns or ownership changed.
The Brown Duke Snack Shop is being restored and plans are to have it placed back in downtown Magnolia very near it original location.