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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"The Original Food Truck"

Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner Announces Providence Premiere 

(Providence, RI) Jeff Toste announced that he will hold the Providence premiere of his documentary, Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner, on Saturday June 7th, at 7 pm, at the historic Columbus Theatre located at 270 Broadway.

Toste said that ticket information is available on the film's new website, along with previously unreleased trailers. The address is

Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner--"the original food truck"--is the story of the oldest operating diner on wheels. Diners, which began in Providence in the late 1800s, were initially all on wheels, first as horse drawn carriages, and later as mobile trailers. Haven Bros., converting from a horse drawn "late night lunch cart," to a trailer truck in the 1950s, is the oldest continually operating diner on wheels in the world.

Toste said that the film centers around the fact that, in the 1980s, Haven Bros. was almost lost to the "modernization" of Providence. The diner was moved from its reserved parking spot next to Providence City Hall, and, according to Toste, this was considered blasphemy to its loyal followers.

Umberto Crenca, lifelong Providence resident and founder of artists’ collaborative AS220, speaking about Haven Bros. in his interview for the film, observed, “It’s not just the physical reality of it being here, but the conceptual reality of it being not here. What would be missed?”

The film is the directional debut for Toste, a Providence-based musician and filmmaker. Toste said, "In the three years it took me to make this documentary I learned do-it-yourself filmmaking, and I also learned to never to get between people and their food."

For more information, visit