So a museum employee (we'll call him Steve) was driving down Richmond Street one day and saw that a new restaurant was moving into where Stanley's once stood. "What are you doing with that sign?" he asks. Next thing I know, it's arriving here on the museum loading dock (there is obviously much more to this story that I am leaving out). Needless to say, the museum has a new acquisition that's sure to make your mouth water.
Stanley's is a staple for many a Rhode Islander, and for those who don't know it, you should really give it a try (the original restaurant on Dexter Street in Central Falls is still open). The restaurant was started in 1932 by a Polish immigrant named Stanley Kryla, who wanted to sell an affordable, home-cooked, flavorful product to customers in the midst of the Great Depression.
Now owned by Gregory Raheb, Stanley's is committed to using the freshest ingredients sold at affordable prices, just as Mr. Kryla intended 80 years ago. If you're ever in the Providence area, Stanley's should definitely be a stop on your culinary travels.
Below is a quick slideshow of the sign being taken down and strapped in for transport to the Culinary Arts Museum. A huge thank you to the guys at Dexter Sign Co. for all of their help. Photos were taken by Steve Spencer, museum operations manager.