|Privately Owned Restaurant Chain|
|Genre||Chain of roadside restaurants|
|Founded||North-west and Midlands, England in 1990s|
|Founder||City Centre Restaurants|
|Headquarters||Middlewich, Cheshire, England|
The OK Diner is a privately owned roadside restaurant chain in the United Kingdom. The restaurants have a retro, 1950s-style, American diner theme with popular 1950s music, chequerboard flooring, booth seating, plenty of chrome details and 1950s memorabilia on the walls. The concept was created by John Roebuck and Tony Horsfall for City Centre Restaurants (now The Restaurant Group) and was sold to co-directors Ian Hendry and Dafydd Poole following a management buy-out in January 2001.But in 2014, Dafydd Poole bought out his partner and is now operating the diners.
The menu served consists of popular diner favourites such as burgers, hot dogs, grills, cooked breakfasts, thick shakes and desserts. Since 2012, burritos have been added to the menu. In traditional diner style, tea, filter coffee and soft drinks are all refilled free of charge. Root beer and floats are also available. There is also a children’s menu for children under 10 years of age, off which kids eat free when an adult gets a full meal. Full English Breakfasts are served as well.
The OK Diner chain has eight restaurants as of September 2011.
- A5 — Bridgtown, Staffordshire
- A49 — Leominster, Herefordshire
- A55 — Northop Hall, Flintshire
- A1 — Tickencote, Rutland
- A1 — Colsterworth, Lincolnshire
- A1 — Carlton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
- A19 — Elwick, County Durham
- A38 — Egginton, Derbyshire
- A370 — Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
- A6, on the border between Levenshulme, Manchester and Heaton Chapel, Stockport - site is now occupied by a McDonald's and a KFC outlet.
- Kilner Way Retail Park Sheffield, Site now car parking (Closed 2002)
- Stockport, King Street West.
- Preston, A583 Lea, West of Preston.
- Liverpool, East Lancs Road.
- Wigan, closed down when I went but seemed to be in a shopping precinct rather than the usual format.
- Just West of the M1 on the Ashby De La Zouch road (A512?)
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