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Where Is The Comet?
Diners On Their Way Back in RI
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This page has photos of our 1961 Comet
taken in front of Diners that have gone to die in Rhode Island.

What better place than the birthplace of the Diner, Rhode Island, for old Diners to go and die. Rhode Island is literally littered with old Diners that were moved to the state with good intent but have remained in storage with no signs of revival. This page is dedicated to those diners.

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. Krystal’s
Silver Top Diner, Pawtucket, RI


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SILVER TOP DINER, 30 x 48", Oil on canvas, c.1974. Painting by John Baeder



"Silver Top Diner", 14 5/8" x 23 1/2", Drypoint with ten-stage aquatint, by John Baeder (American, 20th c.)



"Silver Top Diner", 14 5/8" x 23 1/2", Drypoint with ten-stage aquatint, by John Baeder (American, 20th c.)



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Silver Top Diner, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Originally in Providence, RI. This Kullman built diner was constructed in 1937. It now sits in a lot in Pawtucket. As you can see it looks like no one has touched it in years. In 2000 it was on the Providence Preservation Society's Ten Most Endangered Properties list.

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Miss Lorraine Diner (Squeak's Diner), Pawtucket, RI






Miss Lorraine Diner (Squeak's Diner), Pawtucket, Rhode Island
One of 25 such diners originally made by the Worcester Lunch Car Company and one of just eight that are left. This Diner was moved from by flatbed truck from Middletown, Connecticut. It had been a fixture in Middletown for 30 years as Squeak's Diner, but had sat dormant for the past decade.
Poiriers Diner, Providence, RI


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When it was Top Hat

Before it was moved to its present location
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When it was Krystal’s diner
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Photo taken October 1982 when the diner was Gary's Sandwich Shop
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Photo Courtesy of Art In Ruins


When it was El Faros diner
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When it was El Faros diner
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Photo Courtesy of Art In Ruins


Photo by Larry Cultrera.


Photo by Larry Cultrera.


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Poiriers Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
The diner was built in 1947 by Kullman Dining Car Company and opened as Poirier's Diner. In 1961 it was renamed Squire’s Diner. It then changed Arnold’s Diner, Top Hat, Krystal’s, and finally El Faro. It is now in storge at 1455 Westminster St and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Subject: Immediate Release - Historic Diner Being Moved on Tuesday, December 13th - Immediate Release

The historic Poirier's Diner (a 1947 Kullman, the second Diner in Rhode Island to be individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places) is on the move! For more than 50 years, and under many different names, such as "Armand's, Krystal's, the Top Hat, Arnold's and most recently, the El Faro, the Diner served the working men and women of Olneyville at its location on Atwells Avenue at Eagle Square. Saved from the wrecking ball when Eagle Square was mostly demolished, on this coming Tuesday the 13th, the Diner will be placed on a truck and rolled down the block to its new home at 1380 Westminster Street on Providence's historic West Side.

Developer Jon Özbek has begun a full scale renovation of the diner with the help of BankRI, General Contractor Stack Design / Build of Providence, the RI Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission, the Providence Revolving Fund, and MODA, LLC. This project represents a significant investment in the City's burgeoning West Side business community, while it will also create new jobs. This restaurant will be the fourth collaboration between Jon Özbek and Michael Sears, who together have brought Loie Fuller's, The Avery, and Ama's to the West Side of Providence. The Diner will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. And it will feature an updated version of classic American Diner fare, along with a full bar and outdoor patio seating. It is expected to open in the Spring / Summer of 2012.

West Side Diner

Providence Preservation Society
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.