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Becky's Diner opened in 1991 with an exception to the city's zoning laws prohibiting non-fishery businesses in the location. Owner Becky Rand, a mother of six, argued that fishermen needed a place to eat before and after work, which was lacking because of their unusual hours. Several years after opening, her success allowed for new hours to be added during the middle of the night on weekends. In 1995, Becky's added a dinner menu. The diner is best known for its breakfast choices, but also boasts an inexpensive dinner menu rich in seafood.
Becky's enjoys much praise. Among the acclaim includes a spread in Gourmet Magazine, as well as a spot on Rachael Ray's Food Network program $40 a Day. Famous patrons include Bobby Brown, Tipper Gore, and former president Bill Clinton.