Monday, January 28, 2013
William Morin shares the roots of his great-grandfather's legacy.
Morin's Hometown Bar & Grille has been a staple for home-style food, in some form, for more than 100 years in Attleboro. Started by J.B. Morin in 1911 and known to the masses as Morin's Diner, great-grandson William John Morin Jr. said he enjoys working at the restaurant because of the real connection he feels with the history of the business, the people and the city. "To know that your grandfather, great-grandfather, your great-uncles all had a lot to do with what we're doing today, you take a lot of pride in that," he said. "This is something that they wanted to build and it's still getting carried on." Morin said he started working at the restaurant like any other young person did—washing dishes, bussing tables and cleaning up. He said…
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Turning 3, a big deal for a baby with a tough start in life.
Ryan turned 3 on July 6. It was another happy year for us since it reminds us how thankful we are since Ryan had such a hard start. Any parent who has a preemie or a child born with a birth defect understands. You are just so appreciative that they are part of your life. We began the morning with singing Happy Birthday to the big boy and he woke up with a big smile. I let them drive their Power Wheels around the backyard before we were off for the day. We first went to Morin's for a birthday breakfast. Ryan got a stack of pancakes with a big smiley face of whip cream. He laughed and then shared some with his big brother. Breakfast was done and we were off to the toy store. First we stopped off at the Dollar Tree Store where the boys each …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Local bars and restaurants have seen an uptick in business throughout the Bruins playoff run and our expecting big turnouts for tonight's game seven finale.
Attleboro area bars and restaurants want residents to know they are ready for Bruins fans to eat, drink and cheer on the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The red carpet was rolled out to celebrate a century of memories at Morin's.
Russell Morin's Fine Catering company has grown from its meager beginnings when it sold lunch box pails to the workers near the restaurant. The Morin family accepted more than 400 RSVPs to come and join them in their transformed kitchen and parking lot. The business and some of its customers celebrated their more 100 years in business. Russell Morin Jr. was recognized with citations from both Massachusetts and Rhode Island officials including Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee of RI, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, U.S. Senator Scott Brown, Rep. Elizabeth Poirier and President of the RI Senate Teresa Paiva-Weed. Attending the event and making their presentations in person were, Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas, Rep. George Ross and Sen. …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Make your Easter meal easy on everyone and reserve a table at one of the five suggestions below.
Lafayette House is featuring a Brunch until 2 p.m.With a "Make Your Own, Omelet" station, you decide what goes in your eggs. A carving station featuring prime rib, lamb and ham. Davio’s in Patriot Place has a full dinner menu available noon to 8 p.m., with some special seasonal additions. Chateau Restaurant of Norton has dinner reservations available for you between 12-6 p.m. On the menu for starters is a baked honey ham in a raisin sauce. Morin’s Hometown Bar & Grill has an Easter buffet on the Morin’s side 8:30 a.m.-11:30a.m. with all the breakfast staples. On the Williams side 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. seatings are still available for a brunch buffet, which includes a carving station featuring prime rib and a sugar glazed ham. …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Generations of Morins made the diner an Attleboro landmark.
Attleboro residents sometimes cite the debut of Emerald Square Mall in 1989 as a major reason countless downtown businesses closed their doors. Large, busy stores like London’s, Sillman’s and Winthrop’s have become nothing more than downtown memories. In an unpredictable up and down economy with big-box stores lining up all around us, what does it take for a small, locally-owned business to prosper? Bill Morin, owner and operator of Morin's shares his story on how his diner beat the odds and expanded from a 12-stool diner to a 250 -seat restaurant. “We’ve taken hits over the years, certainly when the Balfour, Shields and Swank factories left the downtown area, but good prices, quality food, good portions and our decent reputation have …