Upscale and clean, the American diner represents a time before poodle skirts and stainless steel facades, the art deco era. Our family breakfast restaurant in Manchester has quickly become a landmark in downtown, known for consistently good food and friendly, efficient service. Did you know that the word “diner” is a derivative of “dining car” and diner designs reflected the styling that manufacturers borrowed from railroad dining cars? In fact, decommissioned railroad passenger cars and trolleys were often converted into diners by those who could not afford to purchase a new diner.
The fellow New Englander, Walter Scott, is credited with inventing the diner. A part-time pressman in Providence, Rhode Island, Scott spent several years selling coffee and sandwiches to reporters and editors on the night shift. In 1872, Scott—then 31 years old—began selling food out of a horse-drawn wagon. There were plenty of milestones that followed that lead us to the American diner that we have today.
The American diner, in all of its plush-seated and chrome-topped glory, has been a staple of our culture for nearly an entire century now. The diner has rightfully assumed a mythical place in the American landscape, no less so than baseball or Elvis or old Chevrolet pick-up trucks. It is at once a place where young boys and girls with their guts full of beer can go to idle, writers to think, gangsters to scheme. In a country that seems to become faster and louder with each successive version of the iPhone, diners remain havens of unruffled simplicity.
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