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356- The Automat

34:59 | Jun 4th

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The inside of a Horn & Hardart Automat looked like a glamorous, ornate cafeteria -- but instead of a human handing you hot food over a counter, you would push your tray up to a wall of little glass cubbies. Each cubby housed a fresh, hot portion of f...Show More

ianJun 6th

With automation on the rise in restaurants this gives some insight into its origins. I had no idea how far back it went!