By Patrick Anderson
PBN Staff Writer
(Updated, 12:30 p.m.)
PROVIDENCE â€“ The former Poirierâ€™s Diner building, which operated for 50 years under many names in the Eagle Square neighborhood of Olneyville, has been moved to a new location at 1380 Westminster St., where its owners plan to renovate and reopen it.
The circa-1947 diner, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, had been sitting next to Loie Fullerâ€™s restaurant nearby on Westminster before it was trucked to the new site Tuesday morning.
The diner, which over the years has gone by the names Armandâ€™s, Krystalâ€™s, the Top Hat and El Faro, was saved from demolition when most of Eagle Square was razed several years ago.
The new restaurant project is a partnership between developer Jon Ozbek and restaurateur Michael Sears, who opened Loie Fullerâ€™s, The Avery and Amaâ€™s also on Providenceâ€™s West Side. Stack Design Build of Providence is the general contractor.
When renovated, the diner will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serve â€śclassic American diner fare,â€ť along with a fall bar and outdoor patio seating, according to Stack Design Build. It is expected to open in the spring or summer of 2012.