PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Chris’s Diner, located at 1824 East Main Road, will close its doors and serve up its last dish Saturday, Sept. 30, after 47 years in business.
The building that houses Chris’s Diner and other small businesses was previously sold to Cumberland Farms, which will open a much larger Cumberland Farms, known as a mega-Cumberland Farms, on the site. Currently, a Cumberland Farms store and gas station with two operating pumps is located next door at 1812 East Main Road.
A fixture in Portsmouth since July 27, 1970, the restaurant is a prime example of the classic American diner.
The interior of Chris’s Diner features metal spinning stools at the counter, a checkered floor, and a menu filled with traditional diner fare, such as hamburgers, french fries, fried fish and chips, and frappes in chocolate, vanilla, or coffee.
One Yelp reviewer in 2016, Alan M., said, “A simple menu, simply prepared. Can’t add much else, as that’s all I had. Felt more like a movie set, than an actual diner, and maybe that’s why you should stop here.”
A Facebook review from David Walters in 2015 claimed Chris’s Diner was the “Best little diner in Portsmouth to eat at great family business.”
Chris’s Diner will open for the last time Saturday, Sept. 30, for breakfast and lunch. The hours of operation Saturday are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.