80 Higginson Avenue, Lincoln
(401) 722-5350

Weiner Genie owner Christoforos Xiarhos's twin sister is Connie Dernikos of the former Connie and Nikki's Restaurant and Creamery in Pawtucket. Like his sister, Chris seems to have a collecting fetish. For Connie it's Coca Cola memorabilia; for Chris it's sports and the Three Stooges. The walls of Weiner Genie are plastered with pictures of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the Providence Bruins, the Green Bay Packers (Huh? How'd they get in there?), and Larry, Moe, and Curly. There are even a good number of signed celebrity photos on the wall by the door, so there's no lack of something to look at while you enjoy your weiners and coffee milk. There's also chowder on the menu, and cabinets are available seasonally.

You may well ponder the significance of the name "Weiner Genie." Rhode Island Monthly wondered too in their December 2006 issue:

When I asked my server why this place is called Weiner Genie, he replied, "Because when my dad bought it, that's what he named it." When pressed, he found his dad, Chris, who gave me a similarly cryptic answer. "A lot of places that serve weiners, people think they're dirty, you know?" he said. "You see this place, though, it's really clean, right?" "Yes," I answered, because truthfully this is a very tidy and clean establishment. "Well that's why I named it Weiner Genie," he concluded proudly. And so the name's origins remain fittingly mysterious.

A couple of things to be aware of: 1) Weiners are not served on Sundays, and 2) sales are cash only. Plan accordingly.

Weiner Genie celebrated its fortieth year in business in 2017. Sadly, Chris Xiarhos passed away in January 2018 at the age of 66. His obituary noted that he was "the biggest Green Bay Packers fan," so that answers that question.

Weiner Genie is open Monday-Friday, 7am-9pm; Saturday, 7am-8pm; Sunday, closed.

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