Remembering Rhode Island's
Good Ol' Days
I actually worked (for a short time) at Carols on Route 1 in South Attleboro. After about 3 weeks, you couldn't pay us to eat another burger!
I remember right where the one in South Attleboro, was. There was a steak house in the location in 1990 when I moved to Maine.
went to the one in middletown as a young lad,hated to see it go.
When I was 19, I m=anaged the Carols in Middletown RI. It was great fun and I made some very good friends there.Francis Kelly
I worked at the West Main Rd, Middletown store one summer, just a few doors down from my Dad's Rambler dealership. Lunch was free, all you could eat in 15 minutes.
Loved Carroll's on Clinton Street,Woonsocket in the erarly 60s
That was my favorite. Grow up on page st.
loved the clinton street one that was my burger place when i was a kid lol
I remember 2 others. In E.P. on Newport Ave next to the original Scott Volkswagen was a Burger Chef (building is still there) and on Taunton Ave across from Fox Toyota (used to be Union Chevrolet) was one of the first McDonalds (I think building is still there but was originally very small and has been expanded).
There was no Carrols in East Providence there was Burger Chef on Newport ave yes it was next to Scott Volkswagen where Burger King is on Taunton Ave was Kellys Hamburgs down the street now a car dealer was the Old time small McDonalds
I remember the one on Taunton Ave., too. I also remember there being a Kelly's on the same street. Funny, I was just telling my brother-in-law about it. He said there was never a Carrol's but there was a Kelly's. I'm glad someone else remembers Carrol's.
I sort of remember the Carrol's in Middletown, RI. I can only remember going there one time before it closed; I must have been 2 or 3. After they closed the building was there for the longest time. I can't be sure it's either where the Hyundai of Newport place is now or just a little south of there where the Eye place is next to the entrance of East Bay Village.
I canvaguely remember the one in Middletown. I think it was where either Hyundai of Newport or the strip mall where All-American Haircuts is located now. Somewhere in that area.
Someone told me it was where Eye Care of RI is now on West Main Road where the light is for East Bay Village.
Yes, where the eye place is. When it was built, all of East Bay Village was one big open field surrounded on three sides by stone walls and the fourth by Bailey Brook. There was one decrepit old farmhouse on the property (rumored to be inhabited by a wicked old "witch"). I grew up off Forest Ave right over the stone wall - we had the whole lot of it as a wild playground. We had no idea how good we had it. When Carrols closed, a store called You & Me Levi's opened up in the same signature Carrols building.
I looked along your list and you miss so many defunct restaurants. The Californian, Mrs. Dutton's Tea Room at Cherry&Webb, The Floridian, and The Spaghetti House on Mathewson. Armand's, Child's on Westminster. The Town Chef on Weybosset. Anderson's in the Arcade and The lunch Counter in the Weybosset Market directly across the street. Luke's behind City Hall and The Ming Garden next to the mighty Industrial Bank tower. Easy parking at the Malls in Warwick drew away all of the department store shoppers and restaurant goers. Gave rise to popularity of restaurants along Rout 2: Barnsider at Midland Mall, Duncan Phyfe across from Garden City, the Golden Lantern near the Warwick Musical Theater (The Tent). Where Whole Foods now is on Sockonosset Road, there was a nice movie theater. My favorite were the Majestic on Washington and RKO Albee next to Grace Church. There were also the Empire and Lowe's, now PPAC. A great sandwich shop was Duck Soup on Dorrance next to the Union Trust Building, which had the Waldorf Cafeteria. I could go on forever with places you've overlooked. Cool Corner was a destination at the intersection of Elmwood and Post in Warwick. Albert's Ice Cream parlor was a Victorian throwback where Rt 10 now exits onto Elmwood. A parting shot, diners: Billy's Mile Long Dog on Elmwood, Mike's wagon across from Biltmore, Ray's on Broad Street across from Park Entrance, Peter Pan on Elmwood. Funny thing about the internet… it didn't exist back then, so a lot of detail was forever lost.
The one on Clinton st.was my hangout.