Owner and patriarch Saverio “Sal” Giusti was born in Naples, Italy. He left in 1968 at the age of 25 with nothing more than a few dollars in his pocket and the clothes on his back, landing in Montreal where he completed paperwork and waited to be accepted into the United States. In 1969 Sal moved to West Warwick with an uncle who sponsored him for citizenship, and he was proud to have his first job at the Pontiac Print Millworks. A few years later, he landed a job at Ceiba-Giegy chemical company in Cranston. The company moved out of state in 1986, and that’s when Sal purchased Haven Brothers Diner.
At the age of 40 Sal took a chance on an industry he knew nothing about, but was confident that he and his family could carry on the tradition of the Haven Brothers.
Today the next generation of the Giusti family is ready to continue the tradition, but Sal isn’t ready to retire quite yet. Sal continues to work seven days a week, providing what patrons have always loved: the best comfort food in the city. Sal says, “We have been entrusted with a piece of history and we work every day to uphold the tradition that started in 1893.”