VOL 1 – Origin Story by Danny Di Mauro
You’d have to be asleep to underestimate the relevance of the Diner in the narrative of popular culture in the United States.
Thank G-d most of them are open for 24 hours, in case you cannot sleep, to service the diverse cross-section of people who enter their doors nationwide.
Diners have quite a story to tell. If they could speak, they would tell you the story of American life in all of its grit and grandeur. Egalitarian in nature and an icon of convenience, these establishments have always been neutral territory and free of the trappings of society’s bourgeois eateries.
You never need a reservation; you don’t need to know the maître d' and you certainly don’t need a new outfit. It’s a place to go after a little league game, somewhere to take your sweetheart, a meeting spot to get a deal done. And if the movies tell us anything, you can even have your brains blown out (although we hope that doesn’t happen to you). The diner is ground zero for all that is, and all that will ever be American.