Notes from the Hotline, 7-24-08

Richard Gutman and Culinary Arts Museum mentioned in TV clip

My friend Dick Gutman was recently featured in an ABC News piece from their network affiliate Channel 6 in Providence, RI. The piece was entitled…..

Things That Just Aren’t There Anymore: The Ever Ready Diner on Charles Street

John Eagan
Story Created: Jul 22, 2008 at 10:56 AM EDT
Story Updated: Jul 23, 2008 at 10:35 AM EDT

They are no ordinary restaurants, they are American classics…we’re talking about the old-fashioned diner. The first diner in Providence was a horse-drawn wagon.  The idea caught on, and through the decades dozens of meals -on-wheels popped up in New England.

But once fast food restaurants came along, many diners failed to compete.  Others like ‘The Ever Ready’ kept buzzing until the street land became too valuable. The once famous local diner on Charles Street finally found a resting place The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson and Wales where Richard Gutman is giving the old treasure a makeover.  ABC 6 reporter Julie Ruditzky takes us back in time…
Here is a link to the video…..

Co-owner of Milford Diner (Milford, NH) succumbs from injuries sustained in car accident

Milford Diner, photo by Larry Cultrera, 9/29/07

I saw the sad news out of New Hampshire today about the death of Gordon “Sput’’ Maynard, co-owner with Debbie Flerra of the Milford Diner in downtown Milford, NH. Here is the text from the article….

‘Sput’ fought a hard battle
Friends remember Merrimack man who died from injuries

Published: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2008
MILFORD – If Gordon Maynard wasn’t at the Milford Fish Market he was at the Milford Diner, greeting customers with his famous smile. “He loved the restaurant business – the elderly people especially, and they loved him,” said his partner Debbie Flerra. “He would park their cars so they wouldn’t have to walk far.”

Gordon “Sput’’ Maynard, 50, of Merrimack, died Friday at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after sustaining massive internal injuries in a car accident nearly two weeks ago. He fought until he couldn’t fight any longer, his family said. Karen Walker, who owns Karen’s Kollectibles across the street from the diner, said she knew Maynard as a neighbor. “He had a lot of people who cared about him,” she said. “It’s a tragedy.”

Flerra, who lost her husband to a heart attack 10 years ago, said she is grateful she was able to speak to Maynard for several days before he passed away. Maynard, who co-owned the Milford Diner with Flerra, was one of four people injured in a three-car crash that began when a Subaru Outback hit a Volvo near the Bartlett Street intersection with Concord Street, injuring a Merrimack couple, before speeding off and slamming into Maynard’s Oldsmobile near the Hills Ferry Road intersection. Police believe the driver of the Outback suffered a seizure while at the wheel.

Maynard’s car was struck with such force that he was ejected from the vehicle and police found him lying in the middle of Concord Street. Even after suffering such devastating injuries, Maynard was trying to pick himself up when emergency personnel reached him, a doctor who was at the scene told his family.

“Even after the initial accident, and he was ejected from the car, he was still trying to get up,’’ his daughter, Erika, 19, said. “They told him, ‘No, no, stay down’ but he was still trying to get up, and when I heard that story I said, ‘That’s my Dad.’ ” Maynard was a real-estate appraiser and served for a time on the state board of appraisers.