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

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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

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