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November 4, 2020

Outside of American Restaurants in the Late 1950s and ’60s Through Amazing Postcards

By the end of the 1950s, casual dining prevails, both at home and in public, yet interest in new dining experiences, luxury, and exotic cuisines is apparent. The restaurant industry looks forward to a bright future.

During the 1960s, Americans grew wealthier, traveled more, and demanded more exotic cuisine. Yet there were few trained restaurant cooks. Convenience food offered the solution for many restaurants as the decade wore on.

In other developments, old restaurant formats such as automats, diners, cafeterias, and drive-ins disappeared or shrank drastically in numbers. Fast food and dinner house chains, relatively scarce at the beginning of the decade, flourished by its end.

These amazing postcards from Ryan Khatam that show outside of American restaurants in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Arizona. Helsing's Restaurant, Phoenix

Arizona. Huck Finns Restaurant, Phoenix

California. Chucks Pancake House, Placerville

California. Cliff House and Seal Rocks, San Francisco

California. Exposition No. 1 Restaurant, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco

California. Hody's Restaurant Coffee Shop, North Hollywood

California. Keefer's Highway Restaurant, King City

California. Ship Ahoy Sea Food Restaurant, Santa Cruz

California. Sno-White Drive-In, Modesto

Connecticut. D'andrea's 3 Acres Drive-In, Woodbridge 

Florida. Doumar's Drive-In Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale

Florida. Parham’s Restaurant, Miami Beach

Florida. Soret’s Restaurant, Riviera Beach

Florida. The Brahma Restaurant, Ocala

Georgia. C & J Restaurant, Claxton

Georgia. Crews Restaurant, Brunswick

Georgia. Green Turtle Restaurant, Valdosta

Georgia. Mrs. Bryant’s Kitchen, Statesboro

Georgia. Mrs. Rogers Restaurant, Claxton

Georgia. Ranch House Restaurants, Atlanta

Illinois. Bel Air Restaurant, Greenville

Illinois. The Escape Restaurant, Berwyn

Indiana. A&w Family Restaurant, North Vernon

Kansas. Thomas Cafeteria, Kansas City

Kentucky. Bun Boy Restaurant, East Main Street, Warsaw

Kentucky. Jolly’s Restaurant & Motel, Cave City

Maryland. Dutch Mill Farm Restaurant, Annapolis

Michigan. Penthouse Restaurant, Marie

Michigan. Sids on the River, Algonac

Michigan. Totem Pole Restaurant, Ironwood

Minnesota. Cassidys Gold Pine Restaurant & Motor Inn, Hinckley

Minnesota. Country Kitchen Restaurant, St Cloud

Minnesota. Nybo’s Cafe, Hiawatha Valley

Nevada. Joe Mackie's New Star Broiler & Casino, Winnemucca

Nevada. Sills Drive-In Restaurant, Las Vegas

New Jersey. Hackney’s Seafood Restaurant, Atlantic City

New Mexico. Blackie's Place, Moriarty

New Mexico. Chinese Dragon Restaurant, Alamgordo

New Mexico. Leonard’s Fine Foods, Albuquerque

New Mexico. Travelers Motel & Cocktail Lounge, Artesia

New York. Corner House Restaurant

North Carolina. Pizza Hut, Fayetteville

Ohio. Chal's Drive-In Restaurant Cambridge

Oklahoma. The Mark Restaurant, Weatherford

Oregon. Keg & Platter Restaurant, Salem

Oregon. Recreation Cafe Coffee Shop, The Dalles

Oregon. The Anchor, Newport

Oregon. Waddle's Coffee Shop, Portland

South Carolina. Hotel Sarsfield and Coffee Shop, Camden

South Carolina. Kentucky Fried Chicken, Orangeburg

South Carolina. Midway Diner, Pee Dee

South Carolina. South of the Border Pedros Restaurant, Dillon

Texas. Jet Drive-In, Austin

Texas. New Braunfels Smokehouse

Texas. Sheraton Kings Inn, Houston

Texas. Underwoods Bar-B-Q, Amarillo

Utah. Flying M Cafe, Panguitch

Utah. Harmans Millstream Cafe & Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ogden

Utah. Mickelson’s Cafe, Nephi

Washington. Bart’s Charcoal Broiler, Longview

Wyoming. Sands Cafe Rock, Springs




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