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long dog

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Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Thu, 08/31/06 6:17 AM (permalink)
An overnight fire (2:30AM) destroyed O'Rourke's Diner in Middletown, CT.
Fortunately, nobody was in the building at the time.
The news link doesn't say much, but should update as the day goes on.

http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=5348679

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=118
 
#1
    Michael Stern

    RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Thu, 08/31/06 8:38 AM (permalink)
    What a terrible thing to happen to such a nice place and the good people who run it, work there and eat there.
     
    #2
      rpalmer1

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      • Joined: 1/5/2004
      • Location: Connecticut
      RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Thu, 08/31/06 2:57 PM (permalink)
      According to the Hartford Courant Brian did not have fire insurance.
       
      #3
        CheeseWit

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        RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Thu, 08/31/06 3:37 PM (permalink)
        I hope he rebuilds. On the advice of the Sterns, I had my first steamed cheeseburger there. I liked it more than Ted's.
         
        #4
          danimal15

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          • Location: Chicago, IL
          RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Thu, 08/31/06 4:04 PM (permalink)
          http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-diner-fire-0831,0,1646369.story?coll=hc

          Above is an article with photos.

          I'm going to really miss that place. I ate there three times, and enjoyed it a lot, even though the booths were too small. But that was part of its charm.
           
          #5
            sinkiller

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            • Location: venice, CA
            RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 09/1/06 11:04 AM (permalink)
            How can you own a popular Diner and NOT have fire insurance?
             
            #6
              Ciaoman

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              • Location: Killingworth, CT
              RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 09/1/06 11:28 AM (permalink)
              In a news report yesterday, it was stated that local businesses may be willing to assist O'Rourke's owner to rebuild. Apparently, the diner brought people to Middletown's Main Street and is an asset to the area. I've eaten there once and found the food good. The cramped surroundings are considered charming by some; just uncomfortable by others. No denying that the owner went considerably beyond the usual diner fare. His menu was imaginative and well prepared.
               
              #7
                baconman

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                • Location: gaithersburg, MD
                RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 09/1/06 5:43 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by sinkiller

                How can you own a popular Diner and NOT have fire insurance?


                I find that strange also.
                 
                #8
                  The Ferrys

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                  • Location: Somerville, MA
                  RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Sun, 09/3/06 8:43 PM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by Michael Stern

                  What a terrible thing to happen to such a nice place and the good people who run it, work there and eat there.


                  Brian has said that he plans to rebuild. They are taking contributions and reminiscences.

                  Please drop by to help.

                  http://www.orourkesdiner.com/
                   
                  #9
                    wallhd

                    RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Sun, 09/3/06 9:25 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by baconman

                    quote:
                    Originally posted by sinkiller

                    How can you own a popular Diner and NOT have fire insurance?


                    I find that strange also.


                    Highly unusual, especially for what appeared to be a very successful operation.

                    Wally
                     
                    #10
                      Foaminator

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                      • Joined: 12/20/2007
                      • Location: phoenix, AZ
                      RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 12/21/07 3:19 AM (permalink)
                      It's sad to see this but I'm aware of the problem all to well.

                      Many restaurants tread on shaky ground.

                      It's sad to see a place burn.
                      But then again that's why they call me.

                      [|)]
                       
                      #11
                        wheregreggeats.com

                        RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 12/21/07 8:26 AM (permalink)
                        Word was they were reopening. Have they?
                         
                        #12
                          efuery

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                          • Location: Danbury, CT
                          RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 12/21/07 8:33 AM (permalink)
                          Not that I am aware of. I work right down the street and last time I drove by it was still boarded up and it did not look like any rebuilding had occurred at all.
                           
                          #13
                            flattop5

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                            RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 01/25/08 11:21 AM (permalink)
                            Here's a link to a story about the rebuilding of O'Rourke's:

                            http://www.courant.com/entertainment/dining/hc-ctorourkes0123.artjan23,0,6456200.story
                             
                            #14
                              buffetbuster

                              RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 01/25/08 12:21 PM (permalink)
                              flattop5-
                              Thanks for posting the link. I had been very curious what was going on, since I hadn't heard anything for a while.

                              I wrote in another thread what a great experience I had at O'Rourke's on my one and only visit. It is great to hear the locals rallying around Brian and getting this place rebuilt.

                               
                              #15
                                wheregreggeats.com

                                RE: Fire destroys O'Rourke's Diner Fri, 01/25/08 1:51 PM (permalink)
                                Good news. Thanks.

                                 
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