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Contactless Dining: Didn't that start with the 'automat'?

gutreactions | Jun 26, 202008:13 AM     11

One of the new phrases to enter the lexicon during the coronavirus crisis has been 'contactless dining, pick-up, delivery'. It may not be that new. Some of us older folk may remember the 'automat', a restaurant where a customer could chose his favorite 'baked beans', take it out of a display case, sit down and eat. No contact with a waitperson or cashier, I believe. Just put money in the slot. The last one closed in the Times Square area some 30 years ago. They were considered ahead of their time when introduced 50 years ago by founders Horn & Hardart's. Did you ever visit? Any thoughts about how it is applied today?

The History and Rebirth of the American Automat

In the 1940's and 1950's, the automat restaurant chain Horn & Hardart had New York in the palm of its hand. What went wrong?

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