Iconic Downtown Diner 'Eddie and Son' Serves its Last Meals

Aug 23, 2013

After more than 65 years in business, the iconic Providence eatery, Eddy and Son’s Diner is shutting its doors.

Eddie And Son Diner has been operating out of it's Dorrance St. location for the last 20 years. Before that it was located on Westminster, Pine and Broadway.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

About a dozen customers sat scattered through the restaurant in the calm before the early lunch rush at Eddie and Son Diner in downtown Providence on their final day of business.

The restaurant has been serving affordable Italian and diner fare for the last 70 years, always taking only cash.

At the counter Connie Caputo, who runs the restaurant with her husband takes orders at the cash register.

“I come in at 5:00 am, I have customers at 6:00 am, and I leave at around 4:00 pm so it’s getting too much for me,” said Caputo.

Her husband Tommy has been working at the restaurant since he was thirteen. He’s the son of Eddy and Son, but it was a while before he was put on the sign.

“Tommy, how long was it before he put son on the sign,” she asks.  “20 years.” 

“Twenty years!  He had to prove himself to put ‘son!’” she explained.

Connie says that after her husband suffered a few health problems, it was time to call it quits. 

One of the final customers at Eddie and Son Diner waits to be served at the lunch counter.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Of course closing the downtown institution is bittersweet, and it’s clear they will be missed.

“My customer’s bring me flowers, and like I said it’s a family, we all love each other.  I love all of my customers; each and every one of them. Real nice nice people,” she said.

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