Remembering Rhode Island's
Good Ol' Days
There was a Ponderosa on Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket. The one in South Attleboro, MA, is still open!
Not anymore. It closed a couple years ago. Was empty for some time. It has just finished being remodeled and a medical clinic or such is set to open there.My first job ever (paying job that is) was a dishwasher at this location. Ah, memories.
But the all the RI locations are gone.
Yes there is a ponderosa still operating on rte 1 so attleboro mass I went there last yr was a dump the inside was dirty and outdated and food was no better i am surprised its still operating
My uncle was the manager at the Oaklawn Ave location for quite some time. He now owns Ed's Roost in East Greenwhich. Open for breakfast and lunch, BEST breakfast in the state!
This may come as a shock! But Ponderosa Steakhouses are STILL in business! I have provided a link to their Facebook page to check out! https://www.facebook.com/ponderosasteakhouse/
But the nearest one appears to be in Rutland, Vermont, which makes them even rarer than an open Bickfords.
Atwood Ave. Johnston too. Place for ribs went there
Awesome memories of going to Ponderosa. Loved the dessert bar as a kid of course. And eating hamburger with steak (A-1) sauce. I felt so grown up and fancy, lol.
Funny Story. My dad built and owned the building on Mineral spring ave for ponderosa in the 70's when it was brand new and leased the place to them for over 20 years. Then 99 then mozzarellas then we sold it to the greek guy who I believe just sold it and it got knocked down and a new building was built. But Small world I moved out to Indianapolis and one night I am having dinner in the kitchen of the Culinary Academy here with a group of people and the dean and head chef of the school Tony Hanslits is just cooking up a crazy storm of absolutely everything for us. I love to cook so I was standing by him at he stove watching all his technique and I asked him where he went to culinary school and he replied Johnson & Wales. I said wow I'm from RI and he said when he graduated his first cooking job was in the mid 70's at the Ponderosa on mineral spring ave. I started to laugh and said, well my dad owned that building ad we use to run in now and then and eat and the he probably had cooked for me when i was 10 years old or so and here he was again cooking for me in my 40's. Very Small World.I think there may be one here out on the far east side of Indianapolis. I don't think I could say I would eat there again!! LOL
As a child, it was the best buffet place you could ask for. As an adult, I truly miss it.