Pawtucket, Rhode Island Rhode Island is where the American diner got started. In fact, Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI, is the most famous of all the futuristic, railway-car diners. The breakfast at Modern Diner is what keeps patrons coming back for more. From fruit-filled waffles to lobster Benedict, there is a breakfast for every taste. Although Modern Diner shut down for seven years starting in 1978, the diner was repurchased at auction and restored to its former glory.