Joni's Diner

This is a real 1954 O'Mahony Diner that has been relocated from Connecticut to Lake Geneva. Only eight were made and three remain. This adorable retro diner has been fully restored to all it's glory and opened on New Years Day. It is a blast from the past! They are open everyday for breakfast and lunch from 6am-3pm. (Lunch served after 11:30am) They offer a wide range of items from eggs and pancakes to their signature breakfast dishes: Biscuits and Gravy and Eggs Benedict. The lunch menu offers everything from burgers, to reubens to meatball sandwiches. They have a kids menu, too. While we were there we ran into "diner groupies" who travel the country visiting diners. They were most impressed with their experience at Joni's and we're sure you will be too!

 

Address: 
111 Wells Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Phone: 
262-348-9565

Recent Reviews

Old Fashioned Diner Comes to Lake Geneva

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If you haven't noticed, there is a shiny stainless steel diner located just south of downtown in Lake Geneva. It was relocated from Connecticut, after being caught up and damaged in Hurricane Sandy. While they overcame many challenges in getting the dinner across the country (in two separate pieces) to it's new home here in Lake Geneva, it was worth it. Thanks to the Yunkers, we now have a 1954 O'Mahoney diner, only one of three left in the world and it's right here in our town. I had the chance to sit down with Joni Yunker, owner of Joni's Diner and learned a little more about her, her family, and the diner.

Joni's big dream of owning her very own diner began when she was a little girl. She grew up in Chicago, but her husband, Kelly, who is also one of the owners and involved with the diner, grew up here in Lake Geneva. She went to many diners as a kid, and knew that she wanted to open one when she grew up. It was a family decision to open a diner instead of a normal restaurant. She said "It was a family adventure." Her amazingly talented daughter, Shaye, is a chef who went to Kendall College in Chicago. She oversees all the cooking in the diner and has mostly family recipes on the menu. They try to buy as much food locally to have fresh and healthy ingredients. The diner's specialty is The Meatloaf Sandwich, and they have good burgers too. They also serve old fashioned drinks like malts, milkshakes, banana splits, and sundaes, all served in old fashioned bowls and glasses. In the future she hopes to be open for dinner and is hoping to expand their baking selection to include more pies and other baked goods.

The Yunkers faced many challenges getting here. They found the diner in Connecticut and decided to buy it. In preparation for the cross country journey, the diner was cut in half so it could be transported. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy hit at that time, causing a lot of damage. Finding replacement parts for something made in 1954 was difficult and they had to travel back to Connecticut and all over the Midwest to find parts that were old and in good condition so it would fit well into the diner. They are very pleased with the final results and support they have received from the wonderful community. "Everyday is fun.", said Joni. She likes to visit with the customers and doesn't mind getting up so early to be ready for the 6am opening. I asked her if she would consider having the workers dress up in costume, like poodle skirts, and other 50s, and 60s clothes, and she whispered. "I'm working on it," with a smile. I believe that will make the diner even more fun. In the meantime, girls, put on your poodle skirts and boys, grab your black leather jackets, and head over to Joni's Diner. You'll love everything about it.

Reviewed by Holly Murphy, age 12
Rating: 
5

Bringin' Back the 50's

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Joni's Diner is a great place for both breakfast and lunch! it was built in the fifty's and moved here around 1/02/14. When I went there I had the most delicious Belgian waffles with whipped cream and pecans, but that isn't the only good thing I tried. they also have amazing hot chocolate. What are you waiting for, visit Joni's Diner A.S.A.P!

Reviewed by Joe, age 11
Rating: 
5

Amazing Interior

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Joni's Diner is an amazing diner from the 50s. It still has the old floor, and it looks awesome. This old diner survived hurricane Sandy barely. Joni turned it into something amazing. They have great food too. I had a bagel breakfast with fruit and cottage cheese, which was great, amazing orange juice that tastes fresh squeezed, yummy hot cocoa, and really good pancakes. Stop by Joni's Diner and eat to perfection.

Reviewed by Holly, age 12
Rating: 
5

Joni's Diner

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Jonis diner is a 1950s style diner that is in an antique dining car that is only one of three left in the U.S.A. It has bar seats and booths where you can eat breakfast or lunch. If you decide to visit Joni's Diner I suggest chocolate chip pancakes (just ask for buttermilk pancakes with chocolate chips).

Reviewed by John, age 13
Rating: 
5

excellent breakfast

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Jonis diner is a great place to eat. it looks cute in side and it looks old fashion. it is so awesome because they pretty much show what it was like in the olden days.It is the best diner i have ever seen or eat at. so tell tell as many people to go to Joni's diner.so go to Joni's diner.

Reviewed by Annie, age 9
Rating: 
5

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Old Fashioned Diner Comes To Town

By Holly Murphy, age 12

If you haven't noticed, there is a shiny stainless steel diner located just south of downtown in Lake Geneva. It was relocated from Connecticut, after being caught up and damaged in Hurricane Sandy. While they overcame many challenges in getting the dinner across the country (in two separate pieces) to it's new home here in Lake Geneva, it was worth it. Thanks to the Yunkers, we now have a 1954 O'Mahoney diner, only one of three left in the world and it's right here in our town. I had the chance to sit down with Joni Yunker, owner of Joni's Diner and learned a little more about her, her family, and the diner.

Joni's big dream of owning her very own diner began when she was a little girl. She grew up in Chicago, but her husband, Kelly, who is also one of the owners and involved with the diner, grew up here in Lake Geneva. She went to many diners as a kid, and knew that she wanted to open one when she grew up. It was a family decision to open a diner instead of a normal restaurant. She said "It was a family adventure." Her amazingly talented daughter, Shaye, is a chef who went to Kendall College in Chicago. She oversees all the cooking in the diner and has mostly family recipes on the menu. They try to buy as much food locally to have fresh and healthy ingredients. The diner's specialty is The Meatloaf Sandwich, and they have good burgers too. They also serve old fashioned drinks like malts, milkshakes, banana splits, and sundaes, all served in old fashioned bowls and glasses. In the future she hopes to be open for dinner and is hoping to expand their baking selection to include more pies and other baked goods.

The Yunkers faced many challenges getting here. They found the diner in Connecticut and decided to buy it. In preparation for the cross country journey, the diner was cut in half so it could be transported. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy hit at that time, causing a lot of damage. Finding replacement parts for something made in 1954 was difficult and they had to travel back to Connecticut and all over the Midwest to find parts that were old and in good condition so it would fit well into the diner. They are very pleased with the final results and support they have received from the wonderful community. "Everyday is fun.", said Joni. She likes to visit with the customers and doesn't mind getting up so early to be ready for the 6am opening. I asked her if she would consider having the workers dress up in costume, like poodle skirts, and other 50s, and 60s clothes, and she whispered. "I'm working on it," with a smile. I believe that will make the diner even more fun. In the meantime, girls, put on your poodle skirts and boys, grab your black leather jackets, and head over to Joni's Diner. You'll love everything about it. Here is the link to more information about the diner: www.bestoflakegeneva.com/entity/jonis-diner