Bonnie Brae Diner

A 1930s Kullman diner in Edgewood, Maryland

True Diner

1301 Pulaski Hwy (US-40)
Edgewood, Maryland 21040


Status: Gone and never coming back

Last Updated: May 16, 2016


Replaced a converted streetcar in 1949. This diner was the site of a notorious incident that caused national embarrassment and spurred national change. In 1962, the UN ambassador from the nation of Chad was denied service here because he was black. The ‘Route 40 Incident’ embarrassed the Kennedy administration, who rushed to implement desegregation in the wake of the international gaffe. Well preserved, the diner stopped serving in 1975 and was later Bonnie Brae Flea Market before being demolished in 2006.