Closure of Bert’s 50’s Diner after 37 years


MECHANIQUEVILLE, Maryland – After 37 years, Bert’s 50’s Diner will close its doors on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Bert Gagnon, 83, and his wife Margie started the business together in 1985. Since then, they have been a staple as not only one of hottest restaurants in town but also for their many community contributions.

Bert’s Diner has hosted many community events ranging from car shows to birthday parties. Whatever the occasion, Bert’s was always the place to be for great food and desserts. Along with the classic 50s theme, the restaurant really gave southern Maryland something unique.

However, after rumors and allegations of crime taking place at the restaurant made waves on social media towards the end of January, 23 employees left the restaurant. However, these reports turned out to be false following a police investigation that took place, according to the owner.

After this incident, the restaurant could not recover. They struggle to find help, which has forced them to make the difficult decision to close.

That hasn’t stopped some people from trying, though. Many people have contacted Bert’s Diner to ask if they could help in any way. However, Bert said that decision was pretty much final.

“We loved doing this, we love our customers, and they’re very loyal,” Bert and Margie told

The yellow car with red flames has been an iconic symbol of the region, and hopefully that’s not quite the end.

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