In 1888,Anne Philomena Haven (1842—1912), a widowed immigrant, founded the diner business with the proceeds from her husband Patrick’s life insurance policy. The “lunch cart” (as the family called it) was purchased in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was originally a horse-drawn wagon. Anne’s daughter, Catherine Gannon, and Catherine’s husband Dennis Gannon continued to run the diner with the help of their young sons William Gannon and John Gannon. Dennis continued to run the business until he sold it to his daughters, Catherine, Anne, Tibertus, and Marian. The Haven family finally sold the business in 1953 to the Mollicone family, and later owners included Jack Ferry, and currently, the Giusti family.
Every evening at 4:30 p.m., the proprietor wheels the 1949 Fred W. Morse diner car (the third wagon in the diner’s history) to the corner of Dorrance and Fulton streets next to the Providence City Hall and Kennedy Plaza.
After it closes, the diner is wheeled away to Federal Hill. The diner operates downtown from 4:30 pm to 5:00 am and then on Spruce Street from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The diner was featured in the television show Family Guy during the famous “I Have James Woods” song.