After rereading The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community over the weekend, I am paying more attention to diners. I might visit Adrien’s Diner in Pittsfield – eggs and bacon are the tough part of doing this type of research – and there’s a famous diner in Lee I might catch on the way back to Great Barrington one morning.
Operating daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Adrien’s is also open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., providing pre-dawn meals that were once a staple of diners, now a rarity.
“Some nights this place is packed, because we’re one of the few places serving so late,” Bill McGovern said.
He noted it’s also a safe haven for enjoying an overnight meal as customers are respectful of one another.
“There’s a big misconception that being so close to several bars, we have trouble,” McGovern said. “I can’t remember the last time we had a fight.”