So O’Rourke’s will be up again and apparently better than ever:
Friends of Brian O’Rourke say he intends to rebuild his famed diner, and Middletown architect Jeffrey Bianco said Sunday he is donating his professional services to the cause.
Bianco said the shell of the dining-car style building can be salvaged, and that damage to the art deco interior of O’Rourke’s Diner isn’t as bad as was originally feared. Bianco, who examined the restaurant Saturday with city Building Official John Parker, said he is optimistic that the diner can be rebuilt. (source)
It’s pretty awesome how much of a cultural icon this diner is in Middletown that it can rally so many supporters around it. Peachy keen.