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FUN Diner EZ Trivia Quizzes

What do you know about Diners?
Stop and grab a bit of this quick EZ Diner quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Take 2 points for each right answer.  Maximum this page: 20 points!

1) The first diner was a horse-drawn wagon equipped to serve hot food to employees of the Providence Journal, in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1872.
What had Walter Scott done before starting the diner wagon?

  1. Newspaper Editor

  2. Pressmen

  3. Home Education Teacher

2) Commercial production of lunch wagons began in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1887, by Thomas Buckley and was very successful.
What was the name of his wagons?

  1. "Snowy Home Cafe"

  2. "White House Cafe"

  3. "Dreamcycle Cafe"

3) He received the first patent (1891) for the diner. He built his "fancy night cafes" and "night lunch wagons" in the Worcester area until 1901.
Who received the first patent in 1891?

  1. Charles Palmer

  2. Alex Accord

  3. James Rockford

4) They produced 2,000 diners from 1917 to 1941 with only six estimated to still be standing. As the number of seats increased, wagons gave way to pre-fabricated buildings made by many of the same manufacturers who had made the wagons. Like the lunch wagon, a diner allowed one to set up a food service business quickly using pre-assembled constructs and equipment.
What the name of the diner company?

  1. The Rodney White Diner Company of Lumberport, West Virginia

  2. The John Baker Diner Company of Williamsburg, Pennsyvania

  3. The Jerry O'Mahoney Diner Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey

5) Until the Great Depression, most diner manufacturers and their customers were located in the Northeast. Diner manufacturing suffered with other industries in the Depression, though not as much as others, as people still had to eat, and the diner offered a less expensive way of getting into the restaurant business as well as less expensive food than more formal establishments.

  • True or False?

6) Businesses that called themselves diners but which were built onsite and not prefabricated began to appear.
What have these larger establishments become known as?

  1. Eatin' Outs

  2. Diner-restaurants

  3. Roadside places

7) 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.

  • True or False?

8) During 1970s, what happened to the design of diners. Newly-constructed diners lost their narrow, stainless steel, streamlined appearance, and grew into much bigger buildings, though often still made of several pre-fabricated modules and assembled on site and still manufactured by the old line diner builders.

  • True or False?

9) Diner Lingo is a kind of verbal shorthand used by cooks and chefs in diners and diner-style restaurants, as well as Waffle Houses.
In Diner Lingo, what is Adam's Ale?

  1. Beer

  2. Wine

  3. Water

10) What was nickname for diners?

  1. Greasy spoons

  2. Speak easy

  3. White house


1) B.  2) B.  3) A.  4) C.  5) True  6) B.  7) True  8) True  9) C.  10) A.

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