Saturday, September 24, 2011
While in PEI last week it was recommended we 'try out' a diner in Charlottetown, the capital city. So we did and we were very happy that we did!
It is called Rufus and Rory's Finer Diner. After we found a very shaded spot for the car and Sophie, we headed in.
Much to my surprise it was jammed packed with retro items from the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's.
I had a ball snapping away and while I did the owner/manager, Chris Kenny, gave me the history of a few of the items.
For example, this straw hat belonged to the actor Maurice Chevalier. There was an auction in NYC and the owner's mother went and showed an interest in it and got it.
Then there was this 'push plate' that came from the NY Metropolitan Opera House.
The place had a few signs as well, especially this one that greeted you at the entrance.......good thing it wasn't the 60's or I'd have to use another door!
Of course the food was really good. Ron got the obligatory chocolate milkshake! Along with that he got baked beans and a salad with corn bread! The bread was great as were the beans.....I got those as well along with a classic burger. And since I didn't get a milkshake a dessert was in order.....carrot cake! M-M-M!
The diner has been open for almost a year and I am sure that it will be a hit....if the decor and food are any indication.
I am sure the population of PEI triples in the summertime with tourists and the businesses must feel the pinch from the late fall till spring.
I hope this place is still there next summer as we plan to sit at the 'fountain' the stools of which were salvaged from an old shop in town.
There's Chris up by the Pepsi sign.
Chris, the owner, mentioned that both his parents were born in PEI and as children they moved to NYC unbeknownst to each other until they met a little later in their teens and got married.
Chris and his family stayed in NYC until he was about 9 or 10 when they moved back home to PEI and have been in the restaurant business ever since.
This diner is his latest venture and I wish him success!