Our History

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1940s to today

Broadway Diner has an epic and long-standing hospitality history in the Newmarket area. This history is part of what drives our passion to continue making Broadway Diner “the place” to hang for post 6pm meals and munchies!

Our Story

Our story starts way back in the late 1940s with a little food truck called the “Newmarket Piecart”. In 1962, the late Guy McLeod bought the Piecart and started running it with his wife Cherry Washer.

In true family fashion, Cherry inherited the passion for hospitality from her father Pop Washer - the founder of our sister business, the iconic “White Lady” on Commerce Street, which is still run by the Washer family to this day!

With the rising popularity of American-style food like burgers and shakes, Guy and Cherry went on to rebrand the Piecart as the “Broadway Diner”. It was important to Guy that the menu reflected a balance of takeaway classics and healthy ingredients. In fact, the diner’s unofficial tagline is “a balanced meal in a bag!”


In 2014, Guy and Cherry’s daughter Fiona took over the running of the business and is determined to keep her Kiwi family business moving onward and upward, carrying on THE LEGACY THAT BEGAN WITH A LITTLE PIECART combined with a big dream.


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