Iconic Oakley Diner returns to serve up comfort food and nostalgia

OAKLEY, Utah — The Oakley Diner, located at 81 West Weber Canyon Road, Oakley,  is a Utah treasure that has officially reopened after a two-year closure.

Steve Smith, a local businessman born and raised in the Kamas Valley, saw an opportunity when he spotted a “for sale” sign on the restaurant in 2022, located just 45-50 minutes from the Salt Lake Valley. Formerly known as the Road Island Diner, this iconic establishment, one of America’s few remaining original diner cars, has been meticulously restored to its former glory.

Interiors of the Oakley Diner. Photo: courtesy of the Oakley Diner

“We have strived to create the classic American diner vibe where we are serving traditional diner food with a flare,” said Steve Smith, owner. We have an award-winning chef and an in-house bakery to ensure the quality and the consistency customers look for.”

Renowned chef Eric May, formally of the Blue Boar Inn, brings his culinary talents to the diner menu, offering the classic Oakley Burger and elevating the BLT with pork belly.

The Oakley burger. Photo: courtesy of the Oakley Diner

Step inside, and you’ll be transported to the nostalgic 1950s, as the diner’s interior and atmosphere are a remarkable testament to 20th-century American culture. The authenticity and charm of this place have been preserved, making it a unique and must-visit destination for both locals and visitors alike. The newly remodeled diner has expanded indoor and outdoor seating with a pet-friendly patio.

The original diner was manufactured in 1939 by the Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company in New Jersey and was showcased at the World’s Fair that year. The diner journeyed to Utah in 2007 to the place it sits today, where it opened as the Road Diner in 2008.

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