Retro drive-in diner pops up in Etobicoke

Dusty Star Drive-In Diner
Courtesy of Dusty Star Drive-In Diner

The 50s-themed Dusty Star Drive-In Diner is coming back for another weekend of food service on roller skates.

After selling out tickets for the first event at Galleria Mall in August, organizers are popping up further west in South Etobicoke near Kipling Station (37 Advance Rd, #105) from September 24-26.

Roller skating is having a moment during the pandemic thanks largely to TikTok. The Dusty Star Drive-In Diner organizers are tapping into the craze – and the ongoing demand for physically distanced outdoor events – by recreating the 50s carhop experience, with servers taking orders on roller skates.

This edition of the event is rockabilly themed. Live music will be provided by the Ichi-Bons, fusion-style diner food truck Fidel Gastro is doing the menu and Mascot Brewery has the beer covered. There will also be a market featuring local wares, vintage clothes, jewellery, hot sauce and other items.

Tickets are $28 per vehicle (minimum two people) and are available here, along with the menu, rules and COVID protocols. Tickets do not include food.

There are also picnic table and walk-up options if you don’t have access to four wheels.


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