Historic Providence Diner Gets a Second Life

Oct 7, 2013

An historic Providence diner is back in business after years of painstaking restoration.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The historic West Side Diner on Westminster Street in Providence.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The West Side Diner on Westminster Street was originally located in Olneyville. After it closed in 1999, it was slated for demolition until developer Jon Ozbek purchased and moved it.  The result is a gleaming stainless steel and glass block edifice that has been fully restored to its 1947 glory.  Co-owner Lisa Arena said much of the structure is original.

"The booths are original. They’ve just been refinished. Even the table bases out there were originally and just shined up. That’s the wonderful part about any kind of stainless steel. You can bring it back. And the counters are all original," said Arena. "You can actually see where people have been sliding their arms for years and forks, knives and spoons were set up. So it has a nice history."

The West Side Diner is opened for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

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