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Love the diner talk. In rural NY, my parents lived in diners for decades. Everyone in town would eat there on weekends, it was a community thing like church. Up there it was about pancakes and maple syrup and milkshakes and hot dogs. Small menus, not those NYC phonebooks. I’ve tried diners here in urban DC, but it’s impossible. Brunch kills them, fancy burger places kill them and then the real estate isn’t right even in the suburbs — just saw another one close. Grocery stores are replacing the casual weekend dining really — places like H-Mart and Wegmans with extensive indoor dining, premade meals, farmers’ markets etc. You can have the same relationships there, as you return every Saturday.

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