Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions.
Jump to: Best Diners in Connecticut Best Diners in Maine Best Diners in Massachusetts Best Diners in New Hampshire Best Diners in Rhode Island Best Diners in Vermont Newest Diner Posts: Yankee Diner, Charlton, Mass. Introduction The neon moon eventually gave way to a muted stainless steel sky color and then bright sunshine where America the Beautiful woke up in all its spirited glory to start another day at a local diner that, given its 24/7 business hours, never stopped working.
New Englanders and outsiders, to this very day, form lines out the door at places like the Modern Diner in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 50s Diner in Dedham, Massachusetts, and the Maine Diner in Wells, Maine.
Its great, too, seeing so many college students frequenting diners such as Kelly’s Diner near Tufts University in Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts, Wilson’s Diner in Waltham, Massachusetts, close to Bentley University, and O’Rourke’s Diner in Middletown, Connecticut, near Wesleyan University.
Clearly, many factors create a true diner but in a nutshell, "diner" is a derivative of "dining car" and “diner designs reflected the styling that manufacturers borrowed from railroad dining cars,” according to the Rhode Island-based American Diner Museum web site (This is a good sign for the future of small business in America!It’s always a wonderful scene seeing America go out to breakfast and supporting a small business right at the start of the day.These are the type of diners that historians deem as “classic” and “authentic.” So, the diner concept actually all started here in New England!While a historic diner that serves great food is always the preferred option, I am also personally open-minded to diners created in the modern age that properly pay homage and respect to old-time diners by employing all the necessary criteria -- that is, with enough neon, chrome, down-to-earth service and ample food portions to make the experience worthwhile.Although each diner is distinct in its history, personality and food offerings, the common theme of comfort, friendliness and proud tradition happily takes me away from a frantic, societal hamster wheel world of cell phones, laptops, patented city and suburban road rage, and man-made noise (construction, trucks, mowers, leaf blowers, cable news “I’m right, you’re wrong” discussions -- you get the picture).Diners might be considered by some a thing of the past, but they are also a dining-out hope of the future as locally-owned and operated small businesses offer satisfying meals, prices kind to those on a budget and a priceless, down-to-earth style of service that sure feels different from the generic, chain restaurant presentations.Charles Palmer received the first patent (1891) for the diner building "fancy night cafes" and "night lunch wagons" in the Worcester, Massachusetts, area until 1901.In 1906, Philip Duprey and Irving Stoddard started the Worcester Lunch Car Company, shopping railroad-style dining cars all over the Eastern Seaboard.” is often associated with diners, the welcoming nature takes on, obviously, many other forms of sincere words beyond that famous phrase.Diners, as local landmarks and unofficial community meeting places, proudly stand as the ultimate unpretentious places to have the next best thing to a homemade meal -- often better, if a talented chef works on the premises.