An ode to Finnegan's

Posted by Erika Fredrickson on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 12:35 PM

In my high school days, Finnegan’s restaurant was where you went to get away from the rest of the world. Drinking bottomless cups of coffee for hours on end might have mildly annoyed the wait staff, but in the end, even the most obnoxious of us were welcome at the 24-hour diner on East Broadway. If you played Magic or Dungeons & Dragons, you went to Finnegan’s. If you were a “Twin Peaks” fanatic, you went to Finnegan’s. If you wore black nail polish at all, you were there at Finnegan’s every night you could get out of the house.


Finnegan’s was the place you’d go to order four sides of bacon plus a bacon cheeseburger, and not feel ashamed. It’s where Hellgate High School thespian dorks (ie. me) went after opening night, flushed with teen energy from all that applause. It was where crushes developed and cryptic notes written on napkins were passed underneath the table. When R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People and The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa came out, it was at Finnegan’s where we got all wired on coffee and passed the headphones around to share in the new wealth of music.

Finnegan’s closed for good yesterday, Tuesday, Dec. 1 Nov. 30, after 23 years. It marks the passing of one of the last 24-hour diner's in town. R.I.P. Finnegan's.

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It was absolutely a haven for myself and everyone I knew - it was where you could find anyone before the time of cellphones or FB and the birthplace of so many memories ~ a true landmark.

Posted by HMCMF on 12/06/2010 at 3:30 AM

If it was Finnegan's for only 23 years then what was it called before that? I remember going to that location over 30 years ago and also there when it was Finnegan's. Sad to hear it closed.

Posted by Nancy Hearell on 12/05/2010 at 11:25 AM

No biggie, but yesterday was the 30th not the 1st. Also: as a former employee of Finnegans, I am sad to see it go. Is the one in Kalispell closing too?

Posted by Montuckian on 12/01/2010 at 3:13 PM
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