Pre 1950 American food and food service

Pre 1950 

1951 The American Food Service Industry had become of of the countries largest industries.

Here are some of the important events in American food service prior to  the 1950s:

  • A la carte menus were common since the early 1800s. 
  • The Bowery Savings Bank instituted employee meals in 1834.
  • Pullman developed railroad dining cars.
  • H.J.Heinz opened his food business 1869.
  • Did A. Feuchtwanger introduce America to the Hot Dog? It is said that he sold in St. Louis Missouri  hot “franks” together with cotton gloves to hold the same.
  • Sears Roebuck opened its Chicago employee restaurant serving as many as 12,500 meals daily.
  • Hamburger is said to have been served first at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair.
  • 1919 The first A&W root beer stand opened. Roy Allen and Frank Wright are be the pioneers for food service industry franchise concepts. Their A&W Root Beer units at one time exceeded 2500 and most of them were franchised.
  • 1920 Prohibition threw a wrench into fine dining and wine.
  • 1933 Prohibition was repealed.


by helmut schonwalder