A Mother’s Day Meal

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

Chance Browne and I both live in Wilton, Connecticut and occasionally we enjoy featuring local landmarks in the strip.  Orem’s Diner has been an institution in Wilton for more than ninety years.

Orem’s Diner at night, Wilton, Connecticut.

The original Orem’s Diner was once located on a large dairy farm owned by Charles Orem, where ice and milk were sold. The Diner has been housed in three different buildings since 1921. The Papanikolauo family, owners of Orem’s since 1980, relocated and rebuilt the current Diner at the intersection of Route 33 and Route 7. The original site, a few miles north was demolished for the widening of Route 7.

In 2009, we featured a Sunday page episode in which the Flagston family celebrated Mother’s Day at Orem’s.  Chance took some photographs and did some sketches of the renovated diner and illustrated the scene in the drop panel.

Pen-and-ink preliminary drawing of Orem's Diner by Chance Browne, 2009. Pen-and-ink preliminary drawing of Orem’s Diner by Chance Browne, 2009.

Instead of serving Lois breakfast in bed, which is the usual tradition, the family took Lois out to eat.  She enjoys her day off while the kids look forward to a delicious home-cooked meal for Father’s Day.

Hi and Lois Sunda page, May 10, 2009. Hi and Lois Sunda page, May 10, 2009.

We hope all of our readers have a pleasant Mother’s Day.

– Brian Walker