Central Diner

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Central Diner
Liberty Elm Diner aka Central Diner.jpg
Central Diner is located in Rhode Island
Central Diner
Location 777 Elmwood Ave., Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°47′27.6894″N 71°25′21.1728″W / 41.791024833°N 71.422548000°W / 41.791024833; -71.422548000Coordinates: 41°47′27.6894″N 71°25′21.1728″W / 41.791024833°N 71.422548000°W / 41.791024833; -71.422548000
Area .23 acres (0.093 ha)[2]
NRHP Reference # 09001231[1]
Added to NRHP January 13, 2010[1]

The Central Diner, now called The Elmwood Diner and formerly or also known as Liberty Elm Diner, Jenn's Elmwood Diner, Ole Elmwood Diner, Liberty Elm Diner, or Worcester Lunch Car Company Diner #806, is a historic diner at 777 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island.[3]


The diner was built in 1947 by the Worcester Lunch Car Company as #806. It is a single story prefabricated structure, 10'6" wide and 40' long. At the ends of the diner the barrel roof has an overhang of three feet. There are entries at the north end (one of the original entrances) and in a projecting stainless steel vestibule on the eastern facade. The original southern entry is obscured by the cinderblock wall of the kitchen addition which projects to the diner's rear. The interior is well-preserved, with little alteration since its construction.[2]



The diner was first located at West Gaspee and Exchange Streets, a site which housed businesses known as the "Central Diner" since at least 1932. It was moved to its present location in 1953 or 1954, retaining the name. It is one of four Worcester Lunch Car Company diners (out of what was once a much larger number) still operating in Rhode Island.[2]

The diner went through a number of names and owners over its lifetime.[4] A cinderblock kitchen was added in 1953, after it was moved to Elmwood Avenue.[4] A stainless steel vestibule at the front was added some time between 1956 and the 1970s.[4] Wooden siding was added sometime between 1995 and 2002.[4]

The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on January 13, 2010.[1] The listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of January 22, 2010.[5] On February 22, 2010,[4] the diner made an appearance on the Guy Fieri television program “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”.[6]

The diner operated as the Liberty Elm Diner from 2006 to 2013.[4] It was sold in May 2013 and re-opened as Elmwood Diner in April 2014.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places". Weekly Listings. National Park Service. January 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Sarah Zurier; Kim A. Smith; Denise Bass (November 16, 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Central Diner" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-01-31.  (33 pages, with several figures, and with seven photos from 2008)
  3. ^ "The Liberty Elm's Fabulous History". 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Elmwood Diner". Quahog.org. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Liberty Elm, One Year Later". Providence Daily Dose. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 

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