Interesting facts about old fashioned diners:
1) The first diner sold food out of a horse-drawn wagon.
2) Diners have evolved from a diner in the shape of a streamlined train to pre-fabricated buildings. This change allowed a diner to set up a food service business quickly.
3) With the advent of fast-food restaurants in the 1970’s, many diners were challenged to remain in business.
4) There are still many old fashioned style diners across the country.
5) Diners attract a wide spectrum of the local populations. They are generally small businesses.
6) From the mid-Twentieth century onward, old fashioned diners have been seen as classic American.
7) Old Fashioned Diners reflect the perceived cultural diversity of the country at large.
Diners are characterized by offering a wide range of foods, mostly American food. They also have a distinct exterior structure, a casual atmosphere, and a counter. Many diners also have late operating hours.
Some diners share nostalgic, retro style decor also found in some restored drive-ins and old movie theaters.
In some parts of our country, diners were historically placed near factories which operated 24 hours a day. The night shift workers provided a key part of the customer base. The downside of this meant that diners sometimes served as symbols of loneliness and isolation. This was illustrated in a 1942 oil painting by Edward Hopper entitled Nighthawks. It portrays people in a downtown diner late at night. Source…
“Classic American Diners” are often characterized by an exterior layer of stainless steel. This is a feature unique to diner architecture.
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Old Fashioned Diners – An Iconic Place to Eat!
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