The American Diner Is Adapting to Survive
They’ll live to fry another day. The death of the diner gets greatly exaggerated every time there’s an economic downturn, but greasy roadside eateries have a history of staying alive by adapting to public tastes. In fact, the diner’s one of few service industry staples that’s avoided being swallowed up by chains, though its menus and clientèle have shifted over the years. But as diner fare evolves to be more cosmopolitan, some worry that the classic pie-case-and-cuppa-joe aesthetic is becoming just a veneer of shiny nostalgia.