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Old January 6th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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Mid-Century Restaurants

thirty years ago or so, my library had a book on restaurant design. It was old even then, and is no longer around. But in it, there were a lot of ideas about automated delivery of food and various ideas for cafeterias and casual restaurants. I am trying to find some illustrations, renderings, plans, and even photos of realized projects that used unique ways of delivering food to the customer.

In Japan, I know that sushi restaurants often use a little channel of boats of a conveyor belt, and found a few photos of noodle flumes. I am particularly interested in mid century versions. For instance Kennedy Space Center in Florida used to have a cafeteria that had a giant turntable which would bring food out from the kitchen to the waiting customers.

Does anyone know of any other examples?

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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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I can only think of the automat.


http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/110513





http://letterstomilo.wordpress.com/2...oto-fast-food/
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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:30 PM   #3
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Found another type

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/autom...r-lunch-rooms/


http://blog.modernmechanix.com/food-...-in-cafeteria/
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Old January 8th, 2013, 04:06 AM   #4
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I was able to find this image, the only one I could find. It is a giant turntable - the kitchen in the back would place the food on the turntable, which would then pass in front of the customers standing around it. One problem was that whoever was nearest to where the turntable exited the kitchen got the best selection - the people at the other end got the leftovers when it got busy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dyingindowney/2263774768/
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Old January 10th, 2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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In one of his books, U.S. author Bill Bryson describes a restaurant in his home town of Des Moines in the 1950s, in which every table had a little lamp that patrons could switch on every time they wanted to attract the attention of a waiter. I can think of two major advantages of such a system: 1. You don't need to suspend your conversation and dinner desperately trying to catch the waiter's eye; and 2. You won't get the waiter asking you if you need anything every five minutes when you don't.

I'm surprised such a handy and unobstrusive little system as this isn't widespread in all restaurants.
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