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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Star Diner - Rumford, RI

Star Diner, ©2008 DinerHistory.com file
Our last post about the Star Diner was on January 20, 2008. At that time we spoke with the owners and they had expected to be open in February. In the subsequent months, whenever we were in the area, we'd stop by only to find the diner still closed. Today on the way to the Liberty Elm Diner we stopped to check on the diner. We noticed the sign that was in front of the diner was gone. Though a car was parked in front and we saw people inside. During a quick chat with the owners, they are now hoping to be open by Mid-November. Quentin Sanford spoke of the things needed to comply with various regulations. He said there is another inspection this coming week.

News about the diner reopening might have been enough. We also learned that the diner will have its screen time. A crew from the Showtime series "The Brotherhood" will be there filming next week. We were told the crew will be shooting both exterior and interior scenes of the diner. Whenever filming is done in a vintage diner, it may present some unique challenges. In back of the diner is a trailer park where additional scenes are to be shot. While it may be for the small screen, it's a good opportunity for this Rhode Island diner to have its time in the spot lights.

After hearing this news, it caused us to check our database. We found another 1950's DeRaffele diner also having it's screen time. When we visited White's Diner mid-November 2007, we were told of their recent film credits. The film Righteous Kill, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino includes scenes shot at the diner two months prior.

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