Meltdown Diner on Route 66 was a long time in the making
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
If you’re driving down Southwest Blvd. looking for Meltdown Diner, you might just miss it. But if you keep your eyes peeled long enough to find your way inside, you won’t be disappointed.
Behind the savory sizzle and the clangs of kitchenware, there’s an immense sense of pride in this quaint little diner on Route 66.
“The area is really starting to come back alive, you know,” says Sara Hardcastle. “Everybody is getting really interested in the original Route 66. We would have been the first and last stop on the original Route 66, so that’s kind of cool for us.”
“It’s like a great little dive that you go into that all the townies know about,” says Lori Beth McDonald. “Those are the best places to eat.”
It’s a long time, and a lot of work, in the making.
“There’s been a lot open over the last few years on Route 66,” McDonald says. “So it’s really great. This is another great place for people to stop and have some good food and enjoy a nice atmosphere.”
Jim and Sara Hardcastle used to roll Meltdown to hot spots as a food truck. But knew they needed something more permanent.
“We kind of integrated a ‘50s style diner,” Hardcastle says. “We’ve taken our food truck menu and added a few things to that menu. Kind of a diner style, per se. It’s worked really well.”
The paint outside may be peeling, but it’s just how they like it.
“Doesn’t look like much,” McDonald says. “But there’s a lot of hard work put into it and it’s pretty awesome inside.”
Their work was supplemented by a little help from the Route 66 Main Street Project.
“It was a tough journey,” Hardcastle says. “There were times we wanted to quit, but we reminded ourselves that we were here for a reason. So we kind of humbled ourselves and here we are.”
Meltdown Diner is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until whenever business runs dry.