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Rhode Island Diners
Gone But Not Forgotten

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Where Is The Comet
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Where Is The Comet Diners & Dives
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RI Diners That Are gone.

Diners That Have Gone To Die.

Diners That Are On Their Way Back.
Unknown Lunch Wagon, Crawford Street Bridge, Providence, RI


Unknown Lunch Wagon, Crawford Street Bridge, Providence, Rhode Island

Crawford Street Bridge in Providence, Rhode Island, 1906 Postcard

Gansett Diner, Providence, RI



Gansett Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Ray's Diner, Bristol, RI





Ray's Diner, Bristol, Rhode Island
Beau May Diner, Woonsocket, RI







Beau May Diner, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Beau May Diner was Worcester Lunch Car Company diner #667 1930.
Burns Diner, Providence, RI






URI Yearbook Ad 1949


Postcard Courtesy of Providence - Arcadia Publishing.


Burns Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Daisy Mae's Diner, East Providence, RI







Daisy Mae's Diner, East Providence, Rhode Island
Liberty Diner, Providence, RI





Liberty Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Lindy's Diner, Cranston, RI









Lindy's Diner, Cranston, Rhode Island
Forthy-Third Diner, Providence, RI



Forthy-Third Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Johnny B's Diner, Cranston, RI


Johnny B's Diner, Cranston, Rhode Island
Johnny B's Diner, built in 1926 as a horse-pulled lunch wagon. It was moved to Cranston High School West where there are plans for the students to restore it. I am sorry to announce that Johnny B's is no more! I contacted the director of the Cranston West Techincal School and I was informed that it does not exist anymore. No explaination what happend to it.
Photo by the Providence Journal
It's too bad someone with an online MBA didn't get a hold of this diner to restore it. Too many of these old diners are gone now but they would have been a cool vintage business enterprise for someone with the right experience to make it a success.

Liberty Diner, Cranston, RI



Liberty Diner, Cranston, Rhode Island
Little Joe's Diner, Lonsdale, RI



Little Joe's Diner, Lonsdale, Rhode Island
Cresent Diner, East Providence, RI



Cresent Diner, East Providence, Rhode Island
Ernie's Paddock Diner, East Providence, RI



Ernie's Paddock Diner, East Providence, Rhode Island
Lefty's Diner, Providence, RI



Lefty's Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Trinity Diner, Providence, RI



Trinity Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Modern Grill, Westerly, RI



Modern Grill, Westerly, Rhode Island
Park Square Diner, Woonsocket, RI







Park Square Diner, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Here are two pictures of the interior of the diner given to me by Tina-Marie. Her grandfather William Eugene Lambert is pictured. If anyone has information on this diner, especially exterior shots, please let me know.
The Yankee Clipper Diner, Providence, RI











The interior of the Yankee Clipper is shown shortly after it opened at 594 Valley Street in Providence.
Advertising proclaimed the Yankee Clipper to be "Rhode Island's Most Streamlined Diner" and it undoubtedly true.
(Photo from the Worchester Historical Museum)


Photo taken not long before the diner was razed
(Photo by John Baeder)

Both photos above and text from the book The Worcester Lunch Car Company By Richard J. S. Gutman

The Yankee Clipper Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
#807. 1947
The Jackson Diner, Providence, RI


The Jackson Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

Dewey's Diner, East Providence, RI


Dewey's Diner, East Providence, Rhode Island

O'Connors Diner, Woonsocket, RI




O'Connors Diner, Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

This diner was located on South Main St in Woonsocket, shown here in the 70's, open and closed.


Photo Courtesy of Woonsocket Public Library.

Unknown Diner, Wakefield, RI


Unknown Diner, Wakefield, Rhode Island.

This diner was located at 339 Main Street in Wakefield RI. Here is is shown with a for sale sign and a price of $500. It is believed to have been demolished.


Mancini's Service Diner, Providence, RI


Single Swap Playing Card MANCINI'S SERVICE DINER AD PROVIDENCE RI


Mancini's Service Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

Installed in 1946 at 378 1/2 Charles St in Providence. Worcester Lunch Car #791 went to Plainville MA in to become Don's Diner in the early 1960's. Next it was on to Attleboro, MA where it became the Red Rock Diner in 1969. In 1973 it became Eddie's and Myle's Service Diner. Next it moved to Bolton Landing, NY where it became Bolton's Beans.

North Attleborough By Bob Lanpher, Dorothea Donnelly, George Cunningham.







3 photos of the Diner as it looks today at 4967 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing, New York USA where it is known as Bolton Beans Diner.

Above 3 photos courtesy of Don Shall, visit his flickr account at "origamidon"
Unknown Diner, Westerly, RI


Unknown Diner, Westerly, Rhode Island



Barker's Lunch Wagon (White House Lunch) 1918, Newport, RI


Barker's Lunch Wagon, Newport, Rhode Island


Unknown Lunch Wagon in Washingtom Square, Newport, RI


Unknown Lunch Wagon, Newport, Rhode Island


Hide-Away Diner, Providence, RI




Hide-Away Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

Topp's Gaylord Diner, Providence, RI















Topp's Gaylord Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

The March 1953 Popular Science called Topp's Gaylord Diner, The World's Fanciest Diner as selected by the Jerry O'Mahoney, Inc., world's biggest builder of diners.

Haigh's Diner, Providence, RI


Haigh's Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

Andy's Diner, Providence, RI





Andy's Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

The Sportsman Diner, Providence, RI









Sportsman Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

Marty's Diner, Providence, RI


Marty's Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

Tommy's Diner, Newport, RI



Mystery Diner, Newport, Rhode Island
This is a mystery diner that was found on Spring Street at the foot of Barney St.

I got an e-mail from Tommy Diomandes: The Diner in Newport was my Grandfather Thomas Borodemos. He ran it from 1936 to 1953 and then moved to Middletown when he bought Al Mac's Diner in 1953. It was Tommy's Deluxe Diner. Also when my grandfather owned the little diner it was moved to Duke St. It was there from 1936 to 1953.
Eastside Diner, Providence, RI







Eastside Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Miss Providence (Eastside Diner), Worchester Lunch Car #810. 1948

Crossroads Diner, Cranston, RI


Crossroads Diner, Cranston, Rhode Island

Alberts's Diner, Valley Falls, RI


Alberts's Diner, Valley Falls, Rhode Island

Triangle Diner, Providence, RI











Triangle Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

Quaker Lane Diner, West Warwick, RI


Quaker Lane Diner, West Warwick, Rhode Island

Appanoug Diner, Warwick, RI



Appanoug Diner was Worchester Lunch Car #662, 1930. This picture is of the diner after it moved to Beverly, MA in 1962.

Diners of the North Shore By Gary Thomas.
Wightmans Diner, Rumford, RI



Wightmans Diner. There were a few Wightmans Diners in Rhode Island and MA. There was Worcester Lunch Car #675, 1930, located on Pawtucket Avenue in Pawtucket. There was also one Located on Route 1 in South Attleboro, MA that was made up of 3 Jerry O’Mahony diners and was advertised as the biggest diner in the world. Just to make the diner a little bigger, there was also a 1931 Worcester Lunch Car, No. 677 incorporated into the design. It all started out as Wightmans Cart in 1923.
The diner pictured is a Brill diner.
Providence Lunch Cars, Providence, RI



Two Lunch Cars on the Crawford Street bridge in the 1890's, Providence, Rhode Island.
Photo by the Rhode Island Historical Society.

PeterPan Diner, Providence, RI


PeterPan Diner, Providence, Rhode Island

515 Diner, Narragansett, RI

Popular Mechanics August 1931.

Narragansett: In Vintage Postcards.

Narragansett, Rhode Island
This Diner is actually a converted railroad coach with a plywood engine. The top picture is from a August 1931 Popular Mechanics. The bottom picture was taken from a 1940 postcard. This diner survived the 1938 and 1954 hurricanes. It closed after WWII.

Unknown Diner, Rhode Island/Connecticut Border



Unknown Diner, Rhode Island/Connecticut Border
This Diner looks like it was once a trolley.
Riverside Diner, Pawtucket, RI


Photo by Pawtucket Times



Photo Courtesy of Art In Ruins



Photo Courtesy of andyi's photostream

Riverside Diner, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Once called the Times Square Diner, this diner moved to a new location, right down the street on 3 1/2 Exchange St and was renamed the Riverside Diner, in 1996, to be used in the Movie American Buffalo. It is still the Riverside Diner but it has been changed to look very little like a diner.

Broadway Quick Lunch Diner, Newport, RI



Broadway Quick Lunch Diner, Newport, Rhode Island
Northwest corner of Government Landing, 1906.
Ever Ready Diner, Providence, RI


Photo by Larry Cultrera.


Photo Courtesy of RetroRoadmap.com.


Photo from 1975. Origionally the Diner, "Art's Filling Station", it move from Maine to Massachusetts, then to New Hampshire, back to Massachusetts and then to Rhode Island. It is now on exhibit at the Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson & Wales University. Photo Courtesy of Worcester Lunch Car Company(Images of America)


Photo Courtesy of RoadsideArchitecture.com

Ever Ready Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
In the early 1950's, the original Ever Ready, on Charles Street in Providence, had to be torn down to make way for Route 146. Roger Godin and Tom Conley, son of the original owner, purchased a reconditioned diner from the Worcester Lunch Car Company (#549) and moved it to Admiral Street, where the newly-christened Ever Ready Diner reopened for business in 1958. Mr. Godin and Mr. Conley ran the diner until 1984, earning the Ever Ready a reputation for the best wieners in town. Although it changed hands several times in the next few years, in 1989 its future was secured when Morris Nathanson and Bud Frank donated the Ever Ready to Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson & Wales University.

Tommy's, Middletown, RI


Tommy's Diner, Middletown, Rhode Island
Tommy's Deluxe Diner built in 1939 by the O'Mahony diner company was diner number #1107 and was touted as its largest deluxe model at the time. The company showcased its creation in the 1939 New York World’s fair. Its first home was Fall River and its name was McDermott’s. Later, it moved here, to East Main Street, where Tommy Boredemos Sr. and his descendants renamed it and ran it for 53 years. It is now the Road Island Diner in Oakley, UT.
Photo by Ronald C Saari


McDermott's, DinerMiddletown, Fall River, Massachusetts
The Diner in 1939 as it was in Fall River, Massachusetts before it moved to Rhode Island-It was in Massachusetts for 14 years-Notice Vestibule & Clock, 17 small clerestory windows in monitor roof and the large rooftop "fin" sign (courtesy of ADM)


Re-moving Tommy's diner from Foundation in Rhode Island







Veteran's Square Diner, Warwick, RI


Veteran's Square Diner, Warwick, Rhode Island
The core of the Veteran's Square Diner building was a 1911 Osgood Bradley electric trolley car.

See the restoration of this Trolley here.


State Line Diner, Pawtucket, RI






State Line Diner, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Origionally a 1950s O'Mahony, formerly known as the State Line Diner, this diner now serves as the front room of a Chinese restaurant. The only part of the diner left is the shape of the ceiling.
Windmill Diner, Providence, RI


Windmill Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
The 1957 Windmill Diner, Route 1 in Providence, was a DeRaffele's built diner that was touted as the largest diner in the World at one time.
Miami Diner, Cranston, RI


Miami Diner, Cranston, Rhode Island
The Miami Diner was at the corner of Warwick and Park Avenue.
Airway Diner, Warwick, RI






Airway Diner, Warwick, Rhode Island
The Airway Diner was located on Airport Road in Warwick.
Mike's Diner, Providence, RI


Art by Gordon Inyard, Website - Facebook


Photo Courtesy of Bryant College


Photo Courtesy of dimshots4

Mike's Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Mikes was a DeRaffele lunch wagon built in mid 60s. It was found in and around downtown Providence. It then moved to Tennessee in 2003 and back again in 2007. In 2008 it becamse part of the New Hope Diner project which restores old diners. It was being restored in conjection with Bryant College. Current location unknown.

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Kingston Diner, North Kingston, RI


Walker Transportation Collection.


This was the Kingston Diner (Kerrigan's Diner) on Post Road in North Kingston Rhode Island.
Prints are available at John Nanian Photography

Kingston Diner, North Kingston, Rhode Island
Worcester Lunch Car Diner #832, 1952. This was photographed in 1986, soon after there was a fire and the diner was destroyed. Eventually someone bought it, restored it, and moved it from Rhode Island to California
McDermott's Warren Diner, Warren, RI


McDermott's Warren Diner, Warren, Rhode Island
Worcester Lunch Car Diner #666 (right), Here is a picture of it mated with #636 (left)
Photo Courtesy of Diner Hotline Weblog.


Here is a picture of it at a private residence where it was getting restored. It was reported that the planned restoration is now on hold and the diner will be going up for sale.

Lloyds Diner, Johnston, RI


Photo by Larry Cultrera



From the book Johnston, Rhode Island, Volume 2
By Johnston Historical Society






Lloyds Diner, Johnston, Rhode Island
Lloyds Diner was on RT 6 in Johnston and was the last diner completed by the Worcester Lunch Car Company #850. Lloyd's Diner on Hartford Avenue was owned and run by Lloyd and Lorraine Hopkins. They bought the diner in 1957 and ran it until 1980, Jean Arcand, took it over. She operated it until 1987. Standing empty for a couple of years, the diner was moved to New Hampton, NH, after sitting vacent in Long Island (Bridgehampton, NY) for three years. It was moved to Weymouth, MA as part of Sh'Boom's nightclub. It was stored in Natick, MA. It was restored in 1994, then closed and was sold in 2009. It has now been reopened as the 104 Diner in New Hampshire on Rt. 104. Photo by Photo by Larry Cultrera.
Bo Peek, North Scituate, RI





Bo Peek, North Scituate, Rhode Island. This Diner and motor lodge was from the late 50's early 60's. The motor lodge is still there as shown in this Satellite photo. Right down the road is Cindy's Diner with a very similar sign.




Sunset Diner, Norwood, RI


Sunset Diner, Norwood, Rhode Island

Dinty Moore's Diner, East Providence, RI



















Dinty Moore's Diner, East Providence, Rhode Island

This diner was a Ward & Dickinson Diner. It was called Bob's Diner from 1933 to 1934. In 1935 it became the Dinty Moore Diner and is list as that until 1944+ when the Providence city directory stopped covering East Providence. Thanks Mike for all the new information on this diner.
Other Rhode Island Diners

Emery's Cafe, Providence, Worchester Lunch Car #267, 1916
Conlins Lunch, Providence, Mobile, Worchester Lunch Car #310, 1918
Mike's Diner, Providence, Worchester Lunch Car #390, 1922 or 1943
Unknown Diner, Providence, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #471, 1920s
Unknown Diner, Providence, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #535, 1920s
Linberg's Diner, Providence, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #607, 1920's
Ocean View Diner, Newport, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #622, 1929
Arctic Diner, Artic, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #623, 1929
Unknown Diner, Providence, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #640, 1941
Goulet's Diner, Woonsocket, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #651, 1929
Charlies Diner, East Providence, Worchester Lunch Car #658. 1930
Meunier's Diner, Pawtucket, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #661, 1930
Wards Diner, Pawtucket, Worchester Lunch Car #693. 1932
McDermott's Diner, East Providence, Worchester Lunch Car #700. 1932
Sweetheart Diner, Warren, Worchester Lunch Car #706. 1933
Brothers's Diner, Pawtucket, Worcester Lunch Car Diner #782, 1944
Duffy's, Central Falls, Worcester Lunch Car Diner, Broad St #784 #836, 1945
Lincoln Diner, Worchester Lunch Car, Smithfield Ave. Lincoln RI #829. 1950
Alexion's Diner, Pawtucket, DeRaffele 1970s
Dupont Diner
Crawshaw's Diner 1920's
Crescent Diner 1920's
Wrightman's Diner 1920's
Wampanoag Diner 1920's
CEBA's Diner 1920's
Where Is The Comet
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Where Is The Comet Diners & Dives
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RI Diners That Are gone.

Diners That Have Gone To Die.

Diners That Are On Their Way Back.