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Saving the Doggie Diner Heads

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From the late ’40s to the mid-80s, locals and tourists to San Francisco and Oakland, California, enjoyed local fare from a classic diner. The first Doggie Diner opened in Oakland (on San Pablo Ave) during WWII. Founder Al Ross grew the small chain to 30 diners, the bulk of them in San Francisco. In the

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EAT Signs and the American Diner

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“EAT” signs were used in diners in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. Signs like these were also sprinkled along the length of Route 66 and all over the rest of the country in the heyday of the American diner. The popularity of diners and lunch counters peaked in the post-WWII era of the 1950s and

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Diners: An American Icon

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From Horse-Drawn Wagon to the Great American Diner A “diner” is typically defined as a prefabricated building or modular structure, designed as a location from which to prepare and serve food. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a diner as “a restaurant usually resembling a dining car in shape”. The name derived from railroad dining cars, since

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