Finally, some good news for fans of O’Rourke’s Diner, a hound landmark destroyed by fire in August. Its chef and owner, Brian O’Rourke, is putting in breakfast shifts at the Coppertop, a year-old eatery a few blocks south of his gutted diner. For those who’ve missed Brian’s omelettes, breads, and unflagging positive vibes, he’s at the stove from 7 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays.

O’Rourke’s was not insured, which has complicated its recovery from the fire. But its hungry supporters have been raising money to rebuild the place, and they’re aiming to reopen sometime in summer. For occasional progress reports, check out the fan website.

Coppertop Bar and Grill [Middlesex County]
344 Main St., between Court and Washington, Middletown, CT

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RIP O’Rourke’s

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