Fenders Diner has been a north Georgia classic for decades.  Join us for a premiere comfort food experience 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. He opened the store when his family moved down from Burton.  According to his grandson, the old Burrell’s farm is now under water.  Lake Burton was filled between 1913 and 1920.

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, with Jay & Melissa Reeder at the helm, we’re proud to carry on the tradition of those who came before us. Keeping with tradition, we focus on serving exceptional comfort food (with fresh ingredients cooked to order) and unwavering hospitality… both are uniquely southern. We love this tradition and the rich history of Cornelia, and are proud to write the next chapter as we continue feeding the community of Cornelia for years to come.
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