Cafes like Lela's are just one of the many types of restaurants and eateries that exist in the world. Another type that is extremely popular here in North America is the diner. Diners have a long and interesting history that you may not know if you've spent your whole life eating at the chain restaurants near your home. For more about the diner, including typical design, menus, and why you might want to visit one, read on!

Diners are a particular type of prefabricated restaurant that you would almost certainly recognize from the movies if you ever saw one. Diners tend to be long rectangles with rounded edges and a long string of windows along the front. Unlike a purpose built new condo unit for example, diners are usually made in a factory like mobile homes and shipped to the location it's wanted in. Inside, diners feature a line of vinyl booths under the windows, and a counter lined with stools on the opposite side facing the door to the kitchen.

Although diners are a particular staple of the 1950s, particularly in popular film, they have actually been around since 1872. The first diner was simply hot food sold from a horse drawn wagon. The mobile home style of the diner evolved from the fact that these original diners weren't intended to stay in the same neighborhood. Many diners produced in the heyday were done in the Art Deco style and some were even created out of old rail cars. Learn more about Art Deco style here.

Like fast food chains, which came later, diners provided a menu of items that everyone was familiar with and could be made relatively quickly. Breakfasts included staples liks scrambled eggs and bacon while sandwiches like the BLT and the club were popular at lunchtime. For supper, the promise of fried food would lure people out of their comfort zone for french fries, hamburgers, and chicken. Desserts, usually consisting of various types of pie, would be on display all day in a glass case.

The aspects that made diners so popular was that the food was cheap and made quickly, it was open late, and the owner/operator was almost always a local. In this way, diners made great small business investments and also acted as a gathering place for the inhabitants of the local real estate. Over the years, many diners have lost their community atmosphere (but not their vintage decor) and have become tourist attractions instead. Many thanks to Cremation & Celebrations for helping us put this information together. They can assist you with cheap and simple cremation options in London, Ontario


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