How and when did it all start?
when pony tails, saddle shoes and poodle skirts were in vogue during
the somnolent Eisenhower years?
you fondly and nostalgically recall malt shops with black-and-white
checkered tile floors, pink and blue neon signs and lunch counters
with stools you spun around on while nursing a root beer float?
If you do, return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear,
of roadside diners with Wurlitzer jukeboxes, and pink '57 T-Birds.
Borrow your father's Rocket '88 Oldsmobile, head on down the highway
and meet the gang at the Springfield Royal
Diner. This popular, artifact-filled roadhouse serves
true diner fare, meaning the food is fresh, hot, tasty, inexpensive,
honestly prepared and served with a cheerful and sincere smile.
Everybody loves a diner. Why? It's comfortable, and it's affordable.
It's unintimidating. It's accommodating. It's American. It's colorful.
It's shiny and it's fun.
The diner is a definite part of American dining history. Credit
for the diner concept is given to Walter Scott of Providence, RI
In 1872, he began serving prepared food from a converted horse-drawn
freight wagon. His nighttime lunch wagon served mill workers who
could not find anything open. Then, as now, it was mobile because
its customers weren't but, unlike today's motor-driven meal trucks,
it wasn't all that mobile. If it found a good corner it preferred
to remain there, eventually blocking up its wheels for good, and
dishing out the good food.