BRIEF HISTORY

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Welcome to Franks Diner in Spokane, Washington.  -  All Aboard!

 

We believe that Life is about the journey. We encourage you to savor each moment with family and friends over a great meal.

(Downtown Spokane Franks Diner – seen here)

  

A LITTLE ABOUT US:

During the golden days of railroading, Barney-Smith and Pullman vied for supremacy of the elegant rail car business. In 1906, Barney Smith manufactured this car as an “observation car”. It remained unsold until 1909, when it was purchased by the Northern Pacific Railroad and remodeled to suit their needs as a private car for the president of the railroad.

Car NO. 1787 (this car) served as a presidential car until it was replaced in 1931.

Stranded in Seattle at the height of the depression, NO 1787 found a new home. Franks Knight, the brother and sometime partner of jack Knight of Spokane, bought the presidential car and converted it into a diner car in 1931.

With over 100 years of dining elegance we are proud you have chosen to share your day with us.

(North Spokane, Newport Highway)

Visit this beautiful 1913 Laketon NO 4216 – With all the presidential elegance of its older brother NO 1787…

MODEL TRAIN LOVERS

Franks is so loved that this local gentlemen added us to his huge train collection and made us his regular stop station – This looks so authentic we have photos of his work hanging in the downtown location.

 

AWARDS…

Franks Diner has won BEST DINER and BEST BREAKFAST 14 out of the past 15 years by The Inlander’s People Choice Awards.

Franks Diner has also won Coeur D Alene Living Magazines ‘BEST BREAKFAST AWARD” for years.

We have also won Best Breakfast and Best Diner in K R E Ms “BEST OF” each year since it was founded.

In 2012, Sizzle honored us with this cover and a very nice write up – thanks guys  8)

 

Gage Lee shown above won the local nomination for the highly desirable ”Silver Spoon Award” by The Washington State Tourism Association in 2008. She then went on and won The National Silver Spoon Award for best service in Atlanta, Georgia. Gage has been with our downtown location since we opened in 1989. Standing next to Gage is James. He has been one of Franks long time opening Chef’s and is part of our culinary team that has won numerous Best Breakfast & Best Diner Awards for Franks Diner.

 

Ken, Christy and Ava Belisle at the North Spokane Franks Diner

Patty and some of the Crew

 

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OUR PASSION FOR THE JOURNEY -

In our perfect world we can ride to the train for a great breakfast, enjoying both the journey and the destination in this case  :)

Ken Belisle’s daughter “Pepper” (above) sitting on their HD Dyno wide glide

Follow Garrison and those eggs over easy riders with this weeks guest Lynyrd Skynyrd manager and author of “Turn It Up! Love, Life and Death Southern Style” Ron… Eckerman. Ron was on the plane that …crashed in 1977 killing Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the pilots. “Turn It Up!” is a rare glimpse into the 70s when music ruled and the business was played by ear with the band that became the most iconic band in history: Lynyrd Skynyrd. Diner Spotlight: Franks Diner in Spokane, WA. Well be talking with diner owning, Harley-Davidson riding Ken Belisle, half of the ownership team with Larry Brown. Plus, other surprises! http://www.Thosedinerandmotorcycleguys.com http://www.twitter.com/MotoDinersSee More

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CHECK OUT THE PROGRAM - Ken and the guys talk Diners, Bikes and Family Dec 22, 2012 - http://thosedinerandmotorcycleguys.com/podcasts.cfm

THANKS RALPH & GARRISON for having us on your show!

The whole family rides one thing or another  :)

 

Ken’s Oldest daughter Tia Belisle Races Hydros on the weekends each summer – In 2012 she placed third nationally in her group…

Youngest “Pepper” wearing her big sisters race helmit

  

Ken and his Father Don Belisle (71 years old in this photo) get ready for a day ride  -

Kens 1936 HD Knucklehead – now hanging in the North Division Onion Bar and Grill

Ken Belisle & Larry Brown above - Owners / Franks Diners - riding Look Out Pass near Priest Lake, Idaho…

Larry’s beautiful 1936 HD Knucklehead now hanging in the Downtown Onion Bar & Grill – Spokane, WA

 

From all of us at Franks Diner, we wish to thank you for visiting our web site, and we hope to see you on board the train soon.