Fegley’s Reading Diner, restored by the Boyeretown Museum of Historic Vehicles
BOYERTOWN PA – Get’cher slice of pie for a quarter, and your cuppa joe (or, if your prefer, milk or hot tea) for only a nickle Saturday (Nov. 7, 2015) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when you dine at the beautifully preserved Fegely’s Reading Diner inside the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, 85 S. Walnut St.
Diner Day is an overwhelming favorite at the museum, and is scheduled only rarely. With the $6 admission ticket (for adults; $5 for seniors, $4 for students), visitors can take in the array of vehicular exhibits and end their tour with pie and coffee for slightly more than two bits in the diner, originally built in 1938.
Fegely’s “was a well-known and fondly remembered icon in Berks County,” museum curator Kendra Cook explains. Created by the Jerry O’Mahony Company of Elizabeth NJ, the former Reading Diner was a freestanding eating establishment along Route 422 in Exeter Township until 1950. That’s when owner Howard Fegely moved it across the road and built his Fegely’s Family Restaurant around it.
Essentially cocooned for the next 53 years the diner weathered the years beautifully, Cook says, despite being literally in the middle of a busy restaurant. The family restaurant closed in 2003, but the Reading Diner was rescued by the Archbury Foundation. It was donated to the museum in 2008, “where it serves as arguably the most popular exhibit in the gallery,” she adds.
Saturday represents the fifth Diner Day hosted by the museum.
It is regularly open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Mondays. The museum is located in a former factory building of the Boyertown Auto Body Works, and preserves the transportation history of Pennsylvania. Its displays include more than 90 locally manufactured cars, trucks, carriages, motorcycles, sleighs, and other types of vehicles. For more information, call 610-367-2090.