“The Pelican Diner”
St. Pete Beach, Florida
The familiar style Silver Diner, at 7501 Gulf Blvd, in St. Pete Beach, Florida opened in 1951 and became an icon of American History for decades. In the 1990’s, I participated in several street festivals, located within a block of the diner. Everyone that ate at the diner seemed to know each other, because of the morning rituals of breakfast or lunch. I took many pictures of the diner after the show closed and returned the next year with the painting and prints, which were a popular item for the locals.
The Pelican Diner closed in 2001. I had heard that the owners ran the diner for all those years and were unable to continue. The Diner was sold in 2003, with the intentions of moving it to another location and reopening. The last information I have, is the diner is sitting in storage somewhere, but that corner on Gulf Blvd, no longer has the familiar aroma in the morning of bacon and sausage.
Other St Pete places I have painted are: