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Where Is The Comet?
Diners, Zippy & Dives 1
Background Music, "Diner Talk" By BadaBing BadaBoom
From the Album Mood Swing And Other Favorites
Above Photo Courtesy of Seth Gaines' photostream

This page has photos of our 1961 Comet
taken in front of Diners and Dives in Rhode Island.

Did you know the Diner originated in Rhode Island. The origins of the diner can be traced to Walter Scott, a part-time pressman and type compositor in Providence, Rhode Island. Around 1858 when Scott was 17 years old he supplemented his income by selling sandwiches and coffee from a basket to newspaper night workers and patrons of men's club rooms. By 1872 business became so lucrative that Scott quit his printing work and began to sell food at night from a horse-drawn covered express wagon parked outside the Providence Journal newspaper office. In doing so, Walter Scott unknowingly inspired the birth of what would become one of America's most recognized icons -- the diner.
From American Diner Museum.org

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RI Diners That Are gone.

Diners That Have Gone To Die.

Diners That Are On Their Way Back.
Haven Brothers Diner, Providence, RI


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Haven Brothers Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Every evening at 4:30 pm the proprietor wheels the 1949 Fred W. Morse diner car, the third wagon in the diner's history, to the corner of Dorrance and Fulton Street next to the Providence City Hall and Kennedy Plaza. After it closes, the diner is wheeled away. The diner operates in downtown Providence from 4:30pm to 5:00 am and then on Spruce Street from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The diner dates back to 1888 when it was pulled into the city by horses!
Modern Diner, Pawtucket, RI


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The Modern Diner, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
A 1941 Sterling Streamliner that was the first diner to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Zippy the Pin Head visited the Modern Diner 4 times.











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Stanley's Pawtucket, RI


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Stanley's Pawtucket, Rhode Island
In 1932, a Polish immigrant named Stanley F. Kryla had a dream: to make an honest, affordable hamburger. In the face of the Great Depression, he opened his restaurant with a commitment to sell a simple American product home-cooked, full of flavor and affordable-everything folks needed during that challenging time in history. Comfort food at its finest.
Wein-O-Rama, Cranston, RI


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Wein-O-Rama, Cranston, Rhode Island
Opened 1962, George Sotirakos has been working the grill inside Wein-O-Rama for as long as most can remember. The weiner is a flavor unique to local pallets. Any comparison to a hot dog is sure to offend. The weiner is smaller than your standard frank and much redder in color. They are topped in a hamburger meat sauce along with chopped onion, mustard and celery salt. What actually constitutes a weiner is an industry secret, making it a true mystery meat.
Zippy the Pinhead visited Wein-O-Rama.



Olneyville New York System, Providence, RI

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Olneyville New York System, Providence, Rhode Island
In the late 1930's , Nicholas Stevens and his father Anthony moved their entire family to Rhode Island and opened a small restaurant at 8 Olneyville Square and served hot wieners and a small lunch menu. Then in 1953, they moved to it's present location around the corner at 20 Plainfield Street and were open 24 hours a day until 1968. In 1981, a second location opened at 1012 Reservoir Ave in Cranston and to this day, the Stevens family continues to operate the two restaurants to what has become a Rhode Island tradition.
The weiner is smaller than your standard frank and much redder in color. They are topped in a hamburger meat sauce along with chopped onion, mustard and celery salt. What actually constitutes a weiner is an industry secret, making it a true mystery meat.
Zippy the Pinhead visited the Olneyville New York System.
The Star Diner, East Providence, RI


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The Star Diner, East Providence, Rhode Island
Our Comet visited the Star Diner in East Providence, RI. A Rumford Rhode Island landmark since 1951. The diner was originally delivered to the site in 1951 from DeRaffele Manufacturing in New York to become Keenanís Diner. Mee Hong in Providence, bought it in 1964 and made it a Chinese restaurant. Quentin Sanford and Bethany Smith, brother and sister owners and proprietors, bought the diner back in 2000.
Cindys Diner, North Scituate, RI


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Cindys Diner, North Scituate, Rhode Island
Our Comet visited Cindys Diner in North Scituate, RI. Cindys was featured in the long running comic strip Zippy the Pinhead.