Re:Lunch Counters & restaurants in department stores
As a young adult I lived in Memphis, TN, and a LOT of stores had lunch counters. They were the old standbys of us young working girls. Lowenstein's dept store had a counter, and the food was very good. My favorite there was their papaya juice, a bit of an oddity at that time. Gerber's (The John Gerber Company) dept store also had one, and it was great! Walgreen's also had one, but I had a really nasty case of food poisoning once and suspected it came from there; I was so sick that the doctor my sister called actually made a house call! When I was a kid, the ultimate treat was an ice cream sundae at the Woolworth's counter. They also had a candy counter where the candy was weighed and put in little white paper bags. A nickel would buy a decent amount of malted milk balls, probably 1/4 lb.
I imagine those lunch counters didn't bring in the revenue the stores felt the floor space should generate. Too bad, though, that we've basically lost this piece of history.