Every patron has a coffee…

The first railcar-style diners popped up in New Jersey in the early 1900s.

New Jersey essentially became “ground zero” for diners.

Railcar-style diners were modeled after rail carriages or sometimes converted from the original train cars into stand-alone eateries. Diners were constructed in factories and then shipped to their destinations, much like mobile homes, and were relatively affordable to purchase at just $1,000.

Once they arrived, the utilities simply had to be connected. Since diners, or “lunch cars,” had to be shipped using a truck or railcar, they were designed to be narrow.

At one point, nearly 95% of the shippable restaurants were manufactured in New Jersey.

Source: Telegraph

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