EAST PROVIDENCE — The prospects of Sparky’s Coney Island System restaurant, located in city at the corner of Taunton Avenue and Vine Street, celebrating its 100th birthday next year got a bit better for sure over the last week.
The renowned and revered local eatery, known to many in East Providence as the late night wiener joint of choice, has hit hard times, much like other small businesses in the city, state and throughout the country still attempting to rally from the Great Recession of 2008.
Spurred on by a vocal and loyal base of clientele as well as a televised report last weekend by WJAR 10, Sparky’s has enjoyed a sudden and much-needed resurgence.
Owner George Watts welcomed dozens of patrons to his restaurant Saturday, an occasion spurred on by Facebook and Ed Doyle, of Johnston who is seeking a seat in the Rhode Island State House Representatives this fall.
“The basis of business in Rhode Island are small business men like George,” Mr. Doyle told WJAR.
Those who attended Saturday’s event saw some of the small improvements Mr. Watts has made to Sparky’s in just the last week, including a new paint scheme on the walls in Townie white and red, the colors of East Providence High School and the unofficial pallet of the city itself.
He has also added menu items for his “health conscious” clients and has expanded his pastry and dessert offerings.
The day, the faces and festive atmosphere left Mr. Watts quite emotional.
“The support has been unbelievable. People are great,” Mr. Watts said with a tear in his eye.
Those wishing to donate to the cause can do so by stopping during regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily. For more information on Sparky’s visit its Facebook page here…