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Where Is The Comet?
Diners, Zippy & Dives 2
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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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.
Liberty Elm Diner, Providence, RI


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The Central Diner in 1934, Providence Journal photo.

Liberty Elm Diner, Providence, Rhode Island
Our Comet visited the Liberty Elm Diner in Providence, RI. The diner itself was built in 1947 by the Worcester Lunch Car Company, car #806, of Worcester, MA. It was also known as the Central Diner, Elmwood Diner, Jenn's Elmwood Diner,
La Criolla and Ole Elmwood Diner.
Bishops 4th Street Diner, Newport RI


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Bishops 4th Street Diner, Newport, Rhode Island
Bishops 4th Street Diner in Newport, Rhode Island. Bishop's is a 1950s O'Mahony diner.
The Diner was named The Galley in 1988.
Zippy the Pinhead visited Bishops.

Hope Diner, Bristol RI


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Hope Diner, Bristol, Rhode Island
The Hope Diner doesn't look like a classic manufactured diner from the outside. Not from the inside, either. But believe it or not, under all that wood, paint, and suspended ceiling lurks a vintage early-1930s Worcester lunch car—wheels, tin ceiling, and all. The diner was opened by Alfred Duffy on Bradford Street, near the former Pastime Theatre, sometime prior to 1935, as Duffy's Mount Hope Diner. At sixty feet long by fifteen feet wide, Duffy's was probably a stock model, ordered directly out of the Worcester Lunch Car Company catalog. It's not clear, however, if Alfred Duffy was the first owner. - From Quahog.org
The photo of the origional diner is from the book Diners Of New England by Randy Garbin.







Beacon Diner, East Greenwich RI


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Beacon Diner, East Greenwich, Rhode Island
The Beacon is not a classic manufactured diner, but it still has a classic manufactured diner vibe. More importantly, it has a little lighthouse on its roof and baby jukes in the booths. If you've seen the movies Hard Luck (2006) or 27 Dresses (2008), you've seen the Beacon Diner. A scene for the former was filmed there in 2005, and Katherine Heigl and James Marsden acted out a scene for the latter there in June 2007. The diner opened in 1967. - From Quahog.org

Allies Donuts, Providence RI


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Allies Donuts, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Rated one of America's Top Ten Donut Shops by Epicurious, Allie's has been making donuts since 1968. Offers 3 dozen different types of donuts, sprinkles of every color imaginable, even a giant donut cake to share with family and friends.

Snoopys Diner, North Kingstown RI


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Snoopys Diner, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Snoopy's is a circa 1950 Silk City diner. It is noted for its counter-mounted Seeburg Wall-O-Matic 200 jukes.
Zippy the Pin Head visited Snoopys Diner.

A & W, Smithfield RI


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A & W, Smithfield, Rhode Island
Greenville's A&W Root Beer Stand on Route 44 opened around 1949. You turn on your lights for service and they come tight to you car, take your order and bring it back on a tray that hangs on your window! Tuesday is Cruise Night and it has been going on since 1995.
The Right Spot Diner, Pawtucket RI


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The Right Spot Diner, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
The Right Spot Diner is a 1930 Worcester Lunch Car#664. Joe Lovely was well known as the owner and operator of Lovelys Diner. The diner, was originally located in downtown Pawtucket, RI. It was first opened as Lovelys Diner in 1947 by Joes father. Father and son worked together until Joseph Sr's untimely death in 1955. Joe's sister, Janet Lovely, worked as head waitress until 1973. The Diner was moved to 200 South Bend St., near McCoy Stadium, in 1966. Joe sold the Diner in 1974.

Joseph C. Lovely, Jr Life Legacy