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Where Is The Comet?
Diners, Zippy & Dives 5
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

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.
Miss Mendon Diner, Mendon, MA


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Miss Mendon Diner, Mendon, Massachusetts
Miss Mendon Diner was built by Worcester lunch Car Company with the original name of Miss. Newport. It was in service in Newport Vermont for almost 50 year. It is now part of the Imperial Cars dealership. The diner is Worcester Lunch Car #823.
Night Owl Diner, Fall River, MA


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Images of America The Worcester Lunch Car Company.



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Images of America The Worcester Lunch Car Company.



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American Diner.


Night Owl Diner, Fall River, Massachusetts
The Night Owl Diner is a custom-built DeRaffle from 1956. It replaced the origional Nite Owl, a Worcester Lunch Car, #786. For a time they were right next door to each other. The lunch car was origional mobile and attached to a truck that usually could be found at the corner of North Main and Market Street in downtown Fall River,MA.

Al Macs Diner, Fall River, MA


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Al Macs Diner, Fall River, Massachusetts
Al Macs Diner was built in 1959 by the DeRaffele Manufacturing Co, but the business itself dates back to 1910.

Milk Bottle Restaurant, Raynham, MA


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Milk Bottle Restaurant, Raynham, Massachusetts
Milk Bottle Restaurant is shaped like a giant milk bottle! It was erected by Frates Dairy and it is painted white with a cream color close to the brim. The bottle stands 50 feet high.

Miss Cranston Diner, Cranston, RI


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Miss Cranston Diner, Cranston, Rhode Island
Under all that building is Worchester Lunch Car #808 from 1947.



Miss Cranston destroyed by fire, will be rebuilt
Photo curtesy of The Cranston Patch

News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England




Photo2 curtesy of The Journal NBC 10 News
Whiting's Diner, Wakefield, RI

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URI Yearbook Ad 1949



Whiting's Diner, Wakefield, Rhode Island
This is a Brill diner c1936.
Champs Diner, Pawtucket, RI


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Champs Diner, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Champs is a 1922 Worcester Lunch Car Company dining car #416. It was originally installed in Pawtucket, RI and closed in 1989. It is now part of Heritage Place in Woonsocket.








December 1979, 1338 Park Avenue

April 1988, on Park Avenue

April 1988, on Park Avenue
Shawmut Diner, New Bedford, MA


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Shawmut Diner, New Bedford, Massachusetts
The Shawmut Diner at was opened in 1953. In 1983 the Paleologos family bought and updated the diner. The diner was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Phil Paleologos is a nationally syndicated talk show host, with his American Breakfast radio show heard mornings from coast to coast on the Langer Broadcasting Network. He broadcasts his show live from the diner in a tiny radio booth.