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Anatomy of a corporate restaurant executive

It strikes me that much more has been written about and by chefs than those restaurant personnel who mostly work behind a desk. Business people lack the glamour of knife wielding chefs. They are not surrounded by flames. They have … Continue reading


Filed under chain restaurants, food, proprietors & careers, theme restaurants

Odd restaurant buildings: “ducks”

Ducks are commercial buildings that look like what they sell, as illustrated by the Freda Farms ice cream stand in Berlin CT. The term was actually inspired by a Long Island store that sold ducks (to eat). It has been … Continue reading


Filed under odd buildings, roadside restaurants

Restaurant-ing with Mildred Pierce

Many Americans are familiar with the story of the fictional Mildred Pierce, the mid-century wife and mother who kicks out her unemployed, philandering husband and becomes the family’s breadwinner so she can support her two daughters, especially her musically talented … Continue reading


Filed under drive-ins, proprietors & careers, roadside restaurants, women

High-volume restaurants: Crook & Duff (etc.)

Luxury restaurants are more likely to become memorialized by time, but often ordinary restaurants have a history that is equally rich and played a more significant role in the everyday functioning of society. That was certainly true of a restaurant … Continue reading


Filed under popular restaurants, proprietors & careers

Early vegetarian restaurants

As early as the 1830s in the U.S., the Graham Journal of Health and Longevity espoused a regimen called “Nature’s Bill of Fare.” It advocated meatless meals that contained no more than three different articles of food, and no desserts, … Continue reading


Filed under alternative restaurants, food

Restaurant row

Search for the words “restaurant row” in old newspapers before WWII and you will become convinced that a restaurant was a prime spot to be stabbed or clobbered by flying crockery. Not as dangerous as a barroom, but close. The … Continue reading


Filed under restaurant customs

Restaurant-ing as a civil right

Fifty years ago this summer President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under Title 2 of the Act discrimination by race, color, religion, or national origin was forbidden in eating places as well as hotels, motels, theaters, … Continue reading


Filed under guides & reviews, racism

Revolving restaurants II: the Merry-Go-Round

Apart from amusement parks, I think of merry-go-rounds mostly in conjunction with bars. It seems they served as jolly imbibing venues in the 1930s after Prohibition ended. It makes me mildly queasy to think of them going round and round … Continue reading


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Books, etc., for restaurant history enthusiasts

TURNING THE TABLES: RESTAURANTS AND THE RISE OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS, 1880-1920, by Andrew P. Haley, University of North Carolina Press, 2011. In the time that has elapsed since my reading this fine book — and getting to meet … Continue reading


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Road trip restaurant-ing

For New Yorkers even today a lengthy car trip can raise concerns about letdowns at the dinner table, but all the more so in 1915. That was the year that two writers, Theodore Dreiser and Emily Post, separately set out … Continue reading


Filed under roadside restaurants, women