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At some point the wheels came off

2017-07-08 09:36:24 | 日記

You want to put up a 200-seat diner to compete today, that will be $2 million for the land and that again for the building, Kullman says. From the Backpack Trolley 1940s through the 1960s, stainless-steel prefab diners changed a lot.) From the 1920s to the 1980s, New Jersey had at least six and as many as twenty manufacturers churning out long, narrow, modular, railroad-style diners with curved roofs, squat windows, and enameled porcelain exteriors. Stainless steel went out and stone came in. With a giddyup and a creak of wooden wheels, an enterprising Rhode Islander named Walter Scott launched the fast-food era in the late 1800’s. If people were successful, they would build bigger ones. Costs skyrocketed. Or if they just wanted a new look. Pre-war diners were built for as little as $10,000 to $30,000. Although a few old trolley cars were converted into eateries, the railroad-car diner was more a style than an actuality. By the ’70s, the new, stone, colonial-style diners cost in the neighborhood of $200,000. During the heyday of the modular diner, the manufacturers helped aspiring owners get off the ground in more ways than one. It was a really good business. Robby Kullman followed his father, Harold, and grandfather Samuel into the family business. In the ’60s and ’70s, Kullman says, the new diners were bigger and the owners wanted more permanence.

At some point the wheels came off, the horses went to the glue factory, utilities were connected, signs went up, and the aromas of coffee and frying bacon drew people into the cozy confines of the first diners. It just isn’t the same business. Factory workers in Providence lined up at his lunch wagon, and soon the meals-on-wheels concept spread through New England and south to New York and New Jersey. We would finance them and build it, Kullman says.From lunch wagons to stone edifices, here’s a quick history of Cooler Handle the structure you may be sitting in. All are gone now except Kullman, which still builds the occasional diner (like the Red Hawk on the campus of Montclair State in 2000), but in recent decades has adapted its prefab manufacturing techniques to dorms, prisons, classrooms, restrooms, and even the American embassy in Guinea-Bissau. (Even the earliest diners were wider than train cars.

Like tail fins on cars, the era of flamboyant diner design reached its apex in the 1950s. The company, later sold, is now located in Lebanon. The state’s oldest surviving diner, Max’s in Harrison, was built in 1927 by the Jerry O’Mahony company of Elizabeth, which also made the Summit Diner in 1938 and the glitzy Miss America in Jersey City in the 1950s. As in the automobile business, Kullman relates, Each year, my father and grandfather would come up with new designs. The honor roll of Jersey diner builders includes Fodero of Bloomfield (Manhattan’s 1946 Empire Diner; the 1940s Premium in Avenel); Mountain View of Singac (Big Ernie’s in Wildwood, 1950s); Silk City of Paterson (the 1945 Time Out in Tuckahoe); Paramount Modular of Oakland (the 1948 Blairstown, where scenes from Friday the 13th were filmed); and Kullman, originally of Avenel (the Club in Bellmawr, early ’60s; the Mastoris in Cherry Hill)

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