Rock Island Diner
|Rock Island Diner|
There used to be a network of 1950s, rock-and-roll-themed Rock Island Diners across the country, although there are none left now. There were only ever two at motorway services.
At a time when Granada were rapidly expanding Little Chef, at two of their services they decided to try something different. Rock Island Diner had a similar appeal, but was a little more edgy. It had glossy chrome and red plastic fittings, 1950s-style posters, and played rock and Beatles music. One review called it "genuinely fun to eat in", even though it was empty.
At Tamworth it was in a separate building, attached to a Ladbrokes.
The diner format was used again by Welcome Break in 2016 with their tie-in with Ed's Easy Diner, also using a purpose-built separate building.
Rock Island Diner used to be found at the following services: