Noon Mark Diner served the first slice of delicious homemade pie in October of 1981. Taking over and renaming what had been a mildly successful diner, Noon Mark Diner has built a reputation for being more than just a roadside "hamburger stand." Featuring "homemade food" and really meaning it, the Diner specializes in homemade bread and, of course, the now-famous homemade pies. In the mid-eighties the Diner moved to its present location and, through renovations and additions, has continued year after year to improve customer service and comfort.
The name Noon Mark comes from, by way of Noonmark Farm, the mountain that you see looming above you as you leave Keene Valley in the southerly direction. A somewhat contrived description of how Noonmark Farm was named is found on the back page of the Diner's menu; it states:
"Many years ago, on a farm just north of here, it was probably a warm evening in midsummer when the family sat on their large "south" porch relaxing after a hard day's work. The setting sun cast an intricate patch-work of light and dark shades of green across the panorama of mountains south of Keene Valley. Most prominent in the panorama was the peak known as Noonmark Mountain. After some discussion that evening, it was decided the farm should be called "Noonmark Farm" after that most prominent peak to the south. For several decades Noonmark Farm fulfilled much of the Keene Valley area's need for dairy products until it ceased operation in the mid-forties.
Noonmark Farm no longer exists; the barns are gone and most of the pastures are now overgrown; however, its farmhouse still stands in stark remembrance.
As a direct descendant of that family from many years ago, the family owning this eating place has adopted the name "Noon Mark" as a tribute to the hardworking people who estabished Noonmark Farm. Some of those hardy folks being Harvey Washbond, Shaw and Nellie Washbond, and Emerson Washbond. In their memory, Noon Mark Diner strives to be a warm and friendly eatery serving quality homemade food."
Noon Mark Diner is not only about food, but is also the Adirondack Trailways bus terminal for the area. So if you can't get to Noon Mark Diner by car, don't fear, you can always take the bus