The Diner, Glenrio, Texas
What is: The abandoned Brownlee Diner at Glenrio, Texas –abandoned diner, no trespassing and windows have curtains so no looking in.
What was: This small 1952 diner is sometimes called the Little Juarez Cafe but it was never the “Little Juarez Cafe”. It was simply the Diner or the Brownlee Diner. Joeseph Brownlee was the builder and owner when it was a new. The “Little Juarez” name came about when the building was used as a curio shop, apparently after the diner closed and from some very faded lettering on the roof top sign for the curio shop.
The building looks a bit like, but is not, a Valentine Diner. It was simply built to resemble one and was painted white with Texaco green stripes to match the gas station next door. It served its last meal in 1973. It was the inspiration for one of the buildings seen in the movie Cars. Sources:http://route66times.com/l/tx/glenrio-brownlee-diner.htm.