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Aug 31, 2006 01:18 PM

RIP O'Rourke's

One of Connecticut's dining treasures, O'Rourke's Diner in Middletown, burned down last night. Don't know if they're planning on rebuilding, but don't make plans to visit anytime soon!

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  1. OMG. That's the worst news. I've been trying to get there for ages.

    1. Wow. That really $ucks. Hope they can rebuild.

      1. I grew up down the street from O'Rourke's. That is one of the worst things that I possibly could have heard. I hope Brian and everyone are ok...

        1. That's horrible! I don't get to Middletown that often, but O'Rourke's was always a fav stop. Perhaps the best diner food I've ever had.

          1. A website has been set up to send condolences and memories to Brian O'Rourke (who is fine!), offer to help, and read any updates about whether the diner will be rebuilt.

            The website is at and was built by Neil Alan of Pelton's. You can register there and send a story or memory.

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            1. re: Elisa515

              Thanks for the link! I have forwarded it to all my fellow O'Rourke's obsessives. My sister once ate with us and then got back in line to eat with her friends.