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Tastee Diner - Bethesda

Original Name: Tastee Diner
Year Of Construction: 1935
Address: 7731 Woodmont Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814
Current Status: Restaurant
Original Use: Restaurant

According to the Tastee Diner website, this commercial property was built in 1935, moved in 1958 and an extension added in 1979. The exterior clearly reflects a standing seam roof which was typical of renovations conducted in the 1970s. However, the existence of wood booths inside the addition may contradict this statement. The interior still reflects details of the original structure including brown paneling on the walls and, most representative, the graceful, rectangular, high gloss wood signage board with its linear brass, three-striped inlay on the wall behind the counter seating. Other original features include the stainless and glass food display cases, food storage units and back splash. The tricolor tiled floors appear original and add to the retro atmosphere of an old railway dining car. The relatively low curved ceiling above the wooden dining booths as well as the light fixtures, which may have been replaced, add to the ambience. The exterior shows the centrally located metal dining car in its original material surrounded by the later brick additions above and to each side. The fabric and metal awnings still protect patrons years later.