R. I. Diners Today
Released June 6, 2016
140 pages, 200 color images
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Raymond A. Wolf, is a lifelong resident of Scituate. He is a member of six local historical societies and was featured as the initial Member Spotlight of the R. I. Historical Society quarterly publication in the spring of 2012. Wolf retired from T J Maxx in 2010, after 13 years, to pursue writing books full time. He has since gained a passion to record this history that is being lost as the older folks are passing on. On October 1st, the Rhode Island State Grange honored Ray, Citizen of the Year - 2015.
Rhode Island Diners Today
Walter Scott created the first "diner" in 1872 in Providence, Rhose Island. It was a horse-drawn cart that he parked beside the sidewalk in front of the Providence Journal building. He equipped it so he could sell food to the night shifts of employees through a window. In 1887 Thomas Buckley began the first commercial production of lunch wagons in Worcester, Massachusetts.
In 1893 a widowed Anne P. Haven opened her own horse-drawn lunch wagon on the corner of Dorrance and Washington Streets in Providence. It was a "White House Cafe" manufactured by Thomas Buckley. She named it Haven Brothers Diner because all her brothers helped her run the business.
Rhode Island Diners Today spotlights 50 diners remaining in the state the author located after a great deal of research. He visited each one from Woonsocket to Wakefield and Burrillville to Block Island. Ask each owner to sign the book.
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134 pages, over 200 color images
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