National Jukebox Day comes around every year– November 25th, and one of the only places you’ll find a jukebox is in a diner. So, in honor of National Jukebox Day, let’s take a moment to celebrate one of the most famous diners in Montgomery County: Tastee Diner.
Bethesda’s Tastee Diner was the first to open in 1935 on Wisconsin Avenue, and soon became an important landmark in the area. The diner has had numerous influential figures dine at their location, including John F. Kennedy Jr and his girlfriend Caroline Bissett, Julia Child, Julie Louis Dreyfus, and Annie Leibowitz. Tastee Bethesda moved to Woodmont Avenue in 1958, where it’s been ever since.
Silver Spring followed Bethesda and opened a Tastee Diner in 1946. It sat at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Georgia Avenue for 65 years, until the diner faced being closed and destroyed to make room for Silver Spring’s Discovery Building. However, local residents rallied to save and move the diner to its current location at 8601 Cameron Street. Bill Griffith, creator of the comic Zippy the Pinhead, memorialized the event in a special comic featuring his characters.
Despite Montgomery County’s rapid development, both diners have managed to continue to stay open and serve the community. As long as the local support behind Tastee Diner continues, future generations will have a chance to dine at MoCo’s iconic diner.
Photo courtesy of Tastee Diner Silver Spring’s Facebook.