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Al Mac's Diner...Closed | by Frank C. Grace (Trig Photography)
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Al Mac's Diner...Closed

July 26th, 2012

Fall River, MA


With the news of this iconic Fall River diner closing, I took a quick stop by to seize a chance of getting a shot of the diner without any cars in front of it. To bad I couldn't ask to get the lights on.


For the full story of the diner closing, here is clip from the article in the fall River Herald News, HNNow :


"FALL RIVER — It’s been a bad year for area landmarks. The Quequechan Club. The Comet rollercoaster. The former Abbey Grill teeters on the edge of extinction. And now, the glass-and-metal doors of Al Mac’s diner no longer open.


For 102 years, in one form or another, Al Mac’s was open and ready with a plate of over easy and bacon, a hot cup of coffee, a thick slab of meatloaf, burgers, all the stuff you eat in diners.


Cops. Bikers. Factory women. Truck drivers. Politicians who wanted to be “in touch with the people,” folks who’d had a long night of it in some saloon. Ted Kennedy. Martha Coakley.


They came to Al Mac’s.


The neon sign out in front of the place said, 'Justly Famous Since 1910,' that being the year when a guy named Al McDermott started selling food from a horse-drawn wagon. 'Al Mac' was McDermott’s nickname and it stuck to the place, which was located on the other side of Davol Street until finding the site on President Avenue where Fall River knew it best.

According to the American Diner Museum, you can’t just open any kind of breakfast/lunch/dinner joint and call it a diner."


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Taken on July 26, 2012