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Fenders Diner is an Iconic Retro Diner in Historic Cornelia Georgia

Fenders Diner is an Iconic Retro Diner in Historic Cornelia Georgia

About

Fenders Diner has been a north Georgia classic for decades.  Restored and relaunched in 2020 to reimagine the classic diner, join us to experience premiere comfort food and unsurpassed hospitality – all wrapped up in our retro style.

The History

The building that is now home to Fenders Diner has been feeding the community of Cornelia for well over 100 years.  If these walls could talk, the stories they would tell.  The 100+ year old brick building started life as Burrell’s Market some time between the late 1900’s to early 1920’s, and it was owned by Winfred Wallace Burrell. As the story goes, he opened the store when his family moved down from Burton – before the lake was filled – between 1913 and 1920.  According to his grandson, the old Burrell family farm is now under water.

The market’s shelves were packed with every kind of food staple a small town north Georgia cook would need for an authentic southern meal.  Just a stone’s throw from the bustling railroad station, the market was likely first stop for many arriving in Cornelia.  The store was closed in the early 1950’s, that signaled the end of one chapter, but it was just the beginning of the story.

In the mid 1990’s, Russ & Judie Vinson were on a trip up north and they purchased an old diner with intentions to relocate it to North Georgia.  Their goal was to create a space that took you back to a simpler time, and provided a unique experience for all of North Georgia.  Fenders Diner was born in 1996, and it has been serving comfort food in Cornelia for almost 25 years.

Bradley & Sherry Cook took over from the Vinson’s and continued in their footsteps.  They successfully operated Fenders for many years.  During that time they expanded the hours, the menu, and the business as they added a catering operation and event facility.

Today

After closing in 2020, Jay & Melissa Reeder completely restored this classic diner, reimagining the diner experience, while keeping the iconic retro style.  The *New* Fenders features a menu with a fun fresh take on classic diner favorites (developed by Chef Michael Shepherd).  Today, we’re proud to carry on the tradition of those who came before us with a focus on serving exceptional comfort food (with fresh ingredients cooked to order) and unmatched hospitality.  We love this tradition and the rich history of Cornelia, and want to create a place where our community can enjoy great food and drinks while celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or just life in the North Georgia mountains.

Opening hours

Tue-Thu
11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
LARGE PARTY RESERVATION NUMBER: (706) 776-2181

Meet the Chef

Chef Michael Shepherd is the inspiration behind Fenders creative menu. He came to us from Nacoochee Tavern, but many locals know him from his time at Copper Pot. He’s heading up efforts to create fantastic food at Fenders Diner, Fenders Alley, Community Brew & Tap, and Community Catering (all in the Cornelia Entertainment District). These days, when he’s not cooking, you can find him checking on tables at Fenders to make sure guests are loving their meals.

Testimonial

Let us handle your catering needs

CALL TO REQUEST A CATERING QUOTE – OR USE CONTACT FORM BELOW.

631 Irvin Street, Cornelia GA 30531

(706) 776-2181

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Fenders Diner

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Located in Historic Cornelia Georgia Entertainment District

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