Historic Silver Top Diner to be auctioned

111315/Ernest A. Brown photo/What remains of the former Silver Top Diner sits on a vacant lot on Middle St. in Pawtucket Friday. The diner is partially covered by an old tarp.

PAWTUCKET, RI (WPRI) – The City of Pawtucket is putting a former Providence landmark on the auction block.

The city announced the sale of the Silver Top Diner in a news release Tuesday. The diner has sat unused, under a tarp on Middle Street in Pawtucket, since it was moved to the city in 2002. Previous to that, the diner operated from a location at Harris and Kinsley Avenues in Providence, behind the Providence Place Mall, for 65 years.

When it was learned the diner was being evicted from that spot, the city and the manager of the diner discussed bringing it to Pawtucket. The diner did move but never opened due to disagreements between the owner and the city over operating 24 hours a day.

The city eventually tried to recover money that it had loaned to the diner’s owner for the project of moving and reopening.

The case was appealed to the Supreme Court in 2012 and was remanded to the Superior Court and re-tried in November 2015. Three months later, the Superior Court ruled that the city had possession of the diner and it could be auctioned off.

The auction will be held on October 5th at 10:00 a.m.

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