slides: Eddie and Son Diner: Look Back at the Star Customers
Friday, August 23, 2013
On Friday, Eddie and Son Diner, the popular Providence establishment for nearly 70 years -- and 20 in its spot on Dorrance Street -- will close its doors.
The famed diner saw many illustrious faces over the years, from Matt Lauer during his Channel 10 days, when the diner was on Pine Street, to multiple generations of Rhode Island ruling elite, from John Chafee to Linc, and J. Joseph Garrahy to son John.
Connie Caputo, co-owner and wife of Tommy Caputo, Eddie's "son", will retire, and the capital city will see the end of an era where the average downtown lunch-goer might rub elbows --- and greasy spoons -- with Rhode Island business, judicial, and political power brokers, who all came to Eddie and Son for the classic American diner experience, with a unique Ocean State flavor.
Read Connie Caupto's Comments on Closing
On Thursday, Connie Caputo spoke with GoLocal about the many famous faces that frequented Eddie and Son over the years. "A lot of them were well-known, but when they came here, they were normal people, just like you and me," Caputo said. "I'll miss the customers...but it was time."
Democrat J. Joseph Garrahy, the beloved Governor of Rhode Island, often grabbed lunch at Eddie's when he was Governor and later when he served in the private sector after he left office.
The Eddie's love was carried on to his son John. He is a successful attorney practicing in downtown Providence.
NBC's Star of the Today Show started his career in Providence as one of the hosts of PM Magazine on WJAR 10.
"I told him he was going on to do great things," said Caputo.
Now, Lauer is one of the highest paid stars on network TV.
Lauer has hosted the Today show since 1997. It is estimated that he earns $25 million a year for NBC.
The former CEO of Fleet Bank ate regularly at Eddie's when he steered Fleet from being a small Rhode Island bank to one of the nation's largest banks in America.
Murray, who grew up in Providence and is now retired in Narragansett, sometimes skipped the Fleet dining room in order to eat over at the popular diner.
Bruce Sundlun was bigger than life -- a WWII war hero, CEO of the Outlet Company, and then Governor of Rhode Island.
Sundlun grabbed breakfast and lunch at Eddie's when he headed WJAR-10 and then when he was Governor.
Never dull and always entertaining - no Sundlun meal was uneventful.
"He'd get the chili," said Connie Caputo. The well-known judge is one of the best known members of the judiciary.
When Channel 10 was king, Doug White was the anchor of the super station back in the 1980's and early 1990's.
From the late 1970's until he left for medical leave in 2005, White was the biggest media star in Providence.
He died in 2006 at the age of 61 after a long battle with cancer.
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