The Double R Diner
place run by Norma Jennings (Peggy Lipton), this is actually the Mar-T Cafe [by 1999, it
was called Twede's Cafe], at one end of the block that comprises the main business district of
North Bend (population, 1701). That's Mount Si in the background --
and nearby is its little twin peak, Little Si.
Two views of the Mar-T in
April, 1990, shortly before North Bend was overrun by Twin Peaks
is used for all exteriors (though the sign is sometimes
partially obscured), and for interiors in the 2-hour, Lynch-directed pilot only.
Bobby, Norma, & Shelley (pilot).
Interior of the Mar-T: April,
Mar-T waitress & me: April, 1990.
Shelley behind the register
In later episodes, as when Audrey Horne
(Sherilyn Fenn) does her dreamy dance, a studio-built double of the diner is used, with
the same general layout (and the same big plastic ice cream cone) only bigger, with
plusher booths but no neon on the ceiling like the real Mar-T. In an eerie confluence of
art and life, one of the pie-serving waitresses encountered [in
April, 1990] at the real-life Mar-T could
be a double for the "late'' Laura Palmer...
Lynch and Frost re-named this establishment
the Double R, placing two orange neon Rs above the Mar-T's yellow and white Cafe sign.
"RR,'' of course, is a common abbreviation for railroad (tracks run through this logging town, of
course, and the disrepaired railroad cars used for the scene of the crime are just down
the road near Snoqualmie), but like the series title itself, it also suggests the
that is everywhere in Twin Peaks.
Check out the pies (April, 1990)...
"A policeman's dream!"
Peaks' obsession with doughnuts, coffee, and cherry pies tells
you quite a bit about the kind of place it is. A doughnut is
circular, with a hole in the middle -- not unlike the series' own
structural mystery-logic. Coffee is dark and stimulating, but
without calories -- like a mystery, it keeps you going on almost
nothing; actual nourishment is not required. (You'll notice that
almost nobody in Twin Peaks uses cream or sugar!) And as for the
pies -- well, like the name of the town itself (a place filled with
sexual secrets), they're slang for a portion of the female anatomy.
After all, nobody loves a naughty, salacious pun (verbal or visual)
more than David Lynch.
burned down Twede's Cafe on July 1, 2000, supposedly in order to
"cover" a $450 burglary (see story and photo in the Seattle
Times -- clicking here
will open a new window).
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Ed's Gas Farm