The History of Diners in New Jersey

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Although the industry is all but gone today, New Jersey was once the hub of diner manufacturing, making mobile eateries that fed hungry Americans all over. The silver Airstreams and neon signs of the classic American diner brighten New Jersey's highways and Main Streets but the intrinsic role they have played in the state's culture and industry for more than one hundred years is much more than eggs-over-easy and coffee. Diners are the state's ultimate gathering places--at any moment, high school students, CEOs, construction workers and tourists might be found at a counter chatting with the waitresses and line cooks. Locals yearn for lost favorites like the Excellent Diner and Prout's Diner and still gather at beloved haunts like the Bendix and Tick Tock Diners. Author Michael C. Gabriele offers this delicious history--collected from interviews with owners, patrons and experts--and indulges in many fond memories of classic New Jersey eateries.
ISBN: 9781609498221
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: American Palate
Images: 81
Pages: 168
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Michael C. Gabriele is a lifelong New Jersey resident and a graduate of Montclair State University. He is the author of The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey, and has worked as a journalist for over 35 years. He is a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society and is on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.
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