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Elwood Bar and Grill, Detroit, Michigan
by Scott Laidlaw

I think I posted this exact photo earlier but I can’t find where I did it, so doing it again :)

From Flickr:

This is the Elwood Bar and Grill on Brush Street in downtown Detroit. It is by Ford Field and Comerica Park. It was built in 1936 by architect Charles Noble in the Art Deco style. A bit of trivia I discovered (or maybe it is well known, but was new to me…lol) was that it was named for its original location at Elizabeth and Woodward. My friend Derek told me that it was moved here to this spot after plans for Comerica Park were laid out. 


George & Sally’s Roadside Diner, Hickory Corners, Michigan
by mrkyle229

Awesome diner interior. Wow.

And BTW, about diners (from Wikipedia):

A diner is a prefabricated restaurant building characteristic of North America, especially on Long Island, in New York City, in New Jersey, and in other areas of the Northeastern United States, although examples can be found throughout the US and in Canada. Some people apply the term not only to the prefabricated structures, but also to restaurants that serve cuisine similar to traditional diner cuisine even if they are located in more traditional types of buildings. Diners are characterized by offering a wide range of foods, mostly American, a casual atmosphere, a counter, and late operating hours. “Classic American Diners” are often characterized by an exterior layer of glimmering stainless steel—a feature unique to diner architecture.

Like a mobile home, the original style diner is narrow and elongated and allows roadway transportation. In the case of the diner, this is a carry-over from the first “true” diners ever built, which were never intended to remain stationary. The original diners (as opposed to “dining wagons”) were actual dining cars on railways. When a dining car was no longer fit for service, it was often employed as a cheap restaurant at a (stationary) location near a train station or along the side of the railroad at some other location.

Later, tradition—along with equipment designed to build railcars—kept this size and shape. In this original floorplan, a service counter dominates the interior, with a preparation area against the back wall and floor-mounted stools for the customers in front. Larger models may have a row of booths against the front wall and at the ends. The decor varied over time. Diners of the 1920s–1940s feature Art Deco elements or copy the appearance of rail dining cars (though very few are, in fact, refurbished rail cars). They featured porcelain enamel exteriors, some with the name written on the front, others with bands of enamel, others in flutes. Many had a “barrel vault” roofline. Tile floors were common. Diners of the 1950s tended to use stainless steel panels, porcelain enamel, glass blocks, terrazzo floors, Formica and neon sign trim.

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