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Lynn, Massachusetts’ Capitol Diner to start opening Sunday Mornings!

For people who do not know, the Capitol Diner is a 1928 vintage Brill Diner, the last operating diner built by J.G. Brill Company. At one time there were many of these diners but over the years one by one they all seemed to disappear. The Miss Troy Diner of Troy, New York was operating until 2 or 3 years ago but has since been razed. Denise and I were at the Capitol Diner this weekend and were talking with our long-time friend, owner Bob Fennell. He told us that both of his daughters are now working at the diner on Saturdays making it a family affair again. Bob also mentioned that he was going to start opening the diner for Sunday mornings starting the first Sunday in March. Opening hours will be 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, serving breakfast only. The menu will feature some new specials possibly including belgian waffles. I’ll be looking forward to checking this out in about 3 weeks!
On a sadder note, Bob’s mother Helen T. Fennell passed away this past Tuesday (the 5th of Feb.) from a short illness.
We send our condolences to the Fennell family.

Middletown, Connecticuts’ O’Rourke’s Diner reopening!

It has also been reported that O’Rourke’s Diner is set to reopen tomorrow, Monday February 11th at 5:00 am. Congratulations to everyone who helped Brian O’Rourke get the venerable eatery back in business after the devastating fire it had 18 months ago.

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