O’Rourke’s Diner reopening soon!

 Zippy the Pinhead & Bill Griffith at O’Rourke’s, 1999
Photo by Larry Cultrera 

On August 31, 2006, after a devastating fire and unfortunately, no fire insurance, it looked like the end for one of Connecticut’s if not America’s most beloved diners. But more than likely because of its fame and recognition as well as its loyal clientele, like the mythical Phoenix, O’Rourke’s Diner of Middletown will rise from the ashes and serve old & new patrons within the next few weeks if all goes according to plan. A Hartford Courant article from yesterday by Alaine Griffin had the hopeful news….

Contact Alaine Griffin at agriffin@courant.com.

Visit www.courant.com/diner for video and photos from the fire and rebuilding of O’Rourke’s Diner.


8 thoughts on “O’Rourke’s Diner reopening soon!

  1. The diner looks great. I went for opening day and it was packed! Still the same great atmosphere with the same great food. The sign looks great and the neon is all lite up. Glad to have this diner back. Best in the state, if not the world!

  2. Mike, thanks for the report. It certainly looks good from all the photos and such I’ve seen although I noticed (thanks Glenn) that it has movable stools at the counter. I think that is a no-no for a real diner. They should be the ones that bolt through the floor. I hope the movable ones are temporary.

  3. The stools were a little late in arriving, and were not ready for opening day. They have since arrived and been installed. They are the real deal – with a metal spot on the bottom that serves as a foot rest. They’re firmly planted in the ground. I agree and I guess ORourkes does too.

  4. ORourkes was recently on Diners, drive ins and dives and I was prompted to try it out. This is a very good breakfast spot. I can see where the national recognition comes from.

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