From the Vault: The Britling Cafeteria

by Paula Bosse

britling-cafeteria_rear-entrance_degolyerThe 1300 block of Jackson Street

by Paula Bosse

Last year I wrote about the Britling Cafeteria, an apparently well-known Southern restaurant chain, founded about a hundred years ago. Its first restaurant outside the Deep South was in Dallas, where it opened at 1316 Commerce Street at the end of 1922 (the rear entrance on Jackson Street is seen above). I’m a sucker for nostalgic restaurant articles, so I wrote one myself! Check out the post “The Britling Cafeteria Serves Those Who Serve Themselves,” here.

I would never have known about that swanky cafeteria had I not seen a fantastic George McAfee photo from the collection of SMU’s DeGolyer Library — the image above is a magnified detail of the original, much larger photograph. See that original photo, along with five zoomed-in details, in the post “Downtown Dallas, ca. 1923 — Zooming in on the Details,” here.

A “from the vault” two-fer.


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