The Diamond Lil is a restaurant that comes to you rather than having you going to the restaurant. Created by restaurateur Kai Schoenhals, the restaurant is a 1957 GMC Greyhound bus that was salvaged and its fate turned around from rotting to becoming an eatery on wheels. Schoenhals, along with his partner Daniel Isberg thought that a little inspiration from the Napa Wine Train could go a long way for this bus in the Bay Area.
As a first impression, a restaurant that drives around cannot be green, and be quite a lot expensive. It’s the duo’s solution to this problem that makes this restaurant remarkable. In a way, it powers itself. The fuel for the bus is its own used cooking oil, and their colleagues supply them with more. To add more eco friendliness to the bus, it has interiors built out of recycled materials. It may be 57 years old, but this Greyhound is an entirely new idea.