Est. 1983​

Our History

A Dream Come True
Lung Cancer Awareness

Barbara and Ivan Rickard had a dream of opening a small mom and pop coffee shop in the little town of Cobleskill NY. They decided to build their dream and started construction in 1981. Opening for business in 1983. Barbara's demand for perfection and her awesome recipes for homestyle cooking, fresh baked desserts, homemade soups and fresh ground hamburger, are the key to success and they soon found themselves adding onto the building and employing more than 40 people. Mom and Pop's coffee shop was now a full blown diner. The place where friends and families met to eat, chat, and reminisce. 

As Barbara and Ivan's family worked at the diner the quality and demand for perfection was apparent everywhere to everybody, and the diner continued to thrive. Many years later fast food restaurants started to pop up in the town worrying Barbra. Keeping her head high and accepting change is probably the biggest leap she had to make being a small business owner of the late 1900's. Although Barbara and Ivan are relaxing and enjoying retirement, they still remain a big part of the diner while their daughter Denene McLaughlin and her husband Ray McLaughlin pushed harder to keep the diner going in the early 2000's! Raising two sons in the business was the hardest thing they have ever done! Ray and Denene always tried to push their sons towards college so they could make their own career in something other than the restaurant business. Ray and Denene always would say to them "this is not what you want to be doing for the rest of your life boys, it will consume every aspect of your life, you wont have time to spend with friends or family! This is not how you want to live your life" The sons were relentless! They insisted on learning the business! They always wanted to keep the Diner going for the community! They love their customers and they always would say "what will all our customers do if we don't keep the Diner going!? I couldn't imagine Cobleskill without the Cobleskill Diner?!" Here we are, 20 years later, Ray and Denene have taken a step back to let their sons Lucas and Kyle McLaughlin continues the tradition of quality while striving for perfection. 

In 2012 Ray decided he wanted to start a little soft serve ice cream shop as his "retirement gig, my way to give back to our community for helping us through all of these rough times." z n bb nbnmnnmnmQuickly taking off into the Largest Cone in Schoharie County! Now in 2020 Ray's youngest son Kyle has big shoes to fill! Kyle has slowly pushed Ray out of the Ice cream stand and is running it mostly on his own with the help of Ray via phone call once a week! Ray is struggling with Lung cancer  so he unfortunately wont be seen in public much at all anymore. If you see him make sure you stop and say hello!

The COBLESKILL DINER takes great pride in itself for the way it has always given back to the community by supporting local business, school functions, non-profit organizations and so much more! Denene's oldest son Lucas has taken the restaurant over and not only runs that but he runs a catering business that started the fall of 2020. Branching off of the Diner, Rooster on the Run LLC is catering food just like the Cobleskill Diner's menu!  What is nice about Rooster on the Run is they will cook anything you can think of! if you don't see it on the menu, that does not mean Lucas wont make it for you! Lucas has always had very big dreams for the Diner and he plans to work harder and harder to make the Diner an amazing asset to this community! Lucas always says he is in it to enrich the community he serves!


Customers that frequently visit the Diner refer to it as the LOCAL's BEST KEPT SECRET. Still thriving after 35+ years, Denene's sons Lucas and Kyle are keeping up with changing times, accepts all credit cards, continues to support the community, has a senior's menu, a children's menu, and still offering the food and quality that their customer's want and love at a price they can afford. 

Proud to have a wonderful staff of over 27 people, and being a rather large job supplier for the community, the Cobleskill Diner is still the place to meet and eat with friends. 


Open, serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, the Cobleskill Diner is glad to be serving you and your family for years to come!  

                                                                                   -The Cobleskill Diner Family

Our History