1950's Valentine Diner in today's market?
I've had the idea in my head for awhile to do a short-order grill with a heavy retro/nostalgia theme based on the old pre-fab Valentine Diners of the '40s and '50s. My plan would be to either buy and refurbish an original 10 stool diner, or more likely, to re-create one from scratch. I realize certain concessions would have to be made to meet modern health codes, such as providing a public restroom, but that could be accomplished by simply expanding inconspicuously off the back of the structure, which would allow me to expand the kitchen and storage areas as well.
Menu would be kept simple and fairly true to the era: simple, quick comfort food, again with certain concessions for modern times. I understand these diners were originally set up to be ran efficiently by a staff of two to three (server and cook or 2 servers , 1 cook) which would seem ideal.
Looking for thoughts or comments . . .