The sun peaks over the horizon in the distance. A sheet of gold washes across the buildings, roads and trees. You turn around and see a plume of smoke rising near a tan-colored wooden frame building. The sign above the door reads, “Rise-N-Shine Diner.”
Rise-N-Shine is located off Thompson Road near Carrier Circle and across from the Carrier factory. Out front sits a grill, which occasionally is fired up to prepare specials for the lunch hour. The smell from the grill is wonderfully overpowering, while the meats themselves look all the more delicious. And you aren’t even inside the diner yet.
You enter the diner and immediately notice the number of vintage photos and posters on the walls. Some of the acts look vaguely familiar, and a true Syracuse native who grew up during the ’50s, ’60s or ’70s would recognize these musical acts almost immediately. Artists such as The Seven and Jimmy Cavallo all got their start in Syracuse and would go on to be nationally recognized artists. Rise-N-Shine immortalizes them not only with pictures, but with a jukebox featuring 45 rpm records of the local legends.
As expected, the eatery is a favorite for many involved with the Syracuse music scene. On any given day, the diner plays host to the artists whose pictures grace the diner’s walls as well as music buffs, record collectors and producers.
Rise-N-Shine is a place of historical intrigue that serves standard breakfast fare and weather pending, various specials off the grill. It features a friendly and welcoming staff and always has a good crowd willing to recall favorite memories of Syracuse’s storied musical legacy.
6393 Thompson Road
Syracuse, NY 13206-1407