BATAVIA – The Pok-A-Dot, an iconic diner sandwiched between a busy state thoroughfare and railroad tracks on the city’s South Side, celebrated its 60th year in business this past weekend.
Hundreds joined founders and still owners Joseph Marone and Philip Pastore to savor again the eatery’s limited menu topped by beef on weck and pepper and egg sandwiches.
Named for its dappled exterior walls, the 20-by-20 foot diner has been acclaimed on The Travel Channel and by author John Gardner’s best selling “The Sunlight dialogues.” The Pok-A-Dot hosts an annual tribute to the Alexander-born author.
The owners are former Batavia High School classmates who opened the diner in June 1953. It has remained the same except for the addition of some tables to the original counter and removable windows for summer dining.