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What designates a restaurant for sale as a diner for sale?  It could be the wide range of food offered (though specializing in American cuisine is a given).  It could be the casual atmosphere or counter service. It could also be related to the hours.  Most restaurants in America that classify themselves as diners for sale work late hours or even around the clock.

Diners have been part of the American restaurant history since the 1920's when many of these were actually prefabricated offsite in factories (like mobile homes or today's tiny house craze).  They were then taken to the site and dropped, often by rail car or truck which meant most of these restaurants were long and narrow. 

Quick food fast -- these diners for sale are early precursors to fast food.  The standard food consisted of all American classics like hamburgers, fries, club sandwiches, and other simple and inexpensive foods including breakfast nearly 24 hours a day.  It is common to see milkshakes prepared on-site along with pie under glass and other sweet dessert offerings.  The restaurant brokers still see diners for sale that originate from the 1920 or 1940s but many more examples of this cuisine operate today in nice modern buildings.

Wikipedia reports that the first diner in America was created in 1872 by Walter Scott, who sold food out of a horse-pulled wagon to employees of the Providence Journal in Rhode Island.  They say that "Scott's diner can be considered the first diner with "walk-up" service, as it had windows on each side of the wagon."  

It wasn't long until lunch wagons were produced commercially.  In 1887, Thomas Buckley became known for his "White House Cafe" wagons. The concept was patented in 1893 for a concept he called the "Night-Lunch Wagon."

Today's diners for sale have many things in common with the history of the American restaurant scene including nearly 24 hours service, inexpensive food targeted to American taste, and lots of hot coffee. 

Diner for Sale

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NOW LEASING! Restaurant Spaces For Lease 5000-15000+ Sq Ft, Minneola, FL

NOW LEASING! Restaurant Spaces For Lease 5000-15000+ Sq Ft, Minneola, FL

Listing Id:10847 Lease Term:Negotiable Monthly Rent$TBD, Sq.ft.5000-15000+,
Restaurant For Sale Just $49,000 With Low Rent

Restaurant For Sale Just $49,000 With Low Rent

Listing Id:10821 Lease Term:New Terms Neg. Monthly Rent$2500, Sq.ft.3473,

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NOW LEASING! Restaurant Spaces For Lease 1000-2500+ Sq Ft, Minneola, FL

NOW LEASING! Restaurant Spaces For Lease 1000-2500+ Sq Ft, Minneola, FL

Listing Id:10809 Lease Term:Negotiable Monthly Rent$TBD, Sq.ft.1000-2500,
Turn Key Independent Cafe Restaurant for Sale in Weld County, Colorado

Turn Key Independent Cafe Restaurant for Sale in Weld County, Colorado

Listing Id:10803 Lease Term:expires August .. Monthly Rent$2300, Sq.ft.1895-,
Turnkey Mexican Restaurant for Sale with Liquor License!!

Turnkey Mexican Restaurant for Sale with Liquor License!!

Listing Id:10774 Lease Term:July 2032 Monthly Rent$9875, Sq.ft.7660,
Burger Restaurant for Sale in Jensen Beach Great Location Low Rent

Burger Restaurant for Sale in Jensen Beach Great Location Low Rent

Listing Id:10725 Lease Term:Expires in Marc.. Monthly Rent$2400, Sq.ft.1200,
Turn Key Restaurant for Sale In Booming Ballantyne

Turn Key Restaurant for Sale In Booming Ballantyne

Listing Id:10676 Lease Term:5 years Monthly Rent$22092, Sq.ft.7506,
Large Restaurant for Sale in Ormond Beach! New Build out!

Large Restaurant for Sale in Ormond Beach! New Build out!

Listing Id:10658 Lease Term:Jan 2033 Monthly Rent$5500.00- Sq.ft.3450-
Charming Breakfast & Lunch Cafe For Sale in the West Valley! Reduced Price!

Charming Breakfast & Lunch Cafe For Sale in the West Valley! Reduced Price!

Listing Id:10650 Lease Term:Landlord will w.. Monthly Rent$1332.50, Sq.ft.2000,
Coffee and Breakfast Cafe for Sale in Beautiful Waleska Ga- Priced to Sell!

Coffee and Breakfast Cafe for Sale in Beautiful Waleska Ga- Priced to Sell!

Listing Id:10644 Lease Term:Valid through M.. Monthly Rent$2650, Sq.ft.2500,
Restaurant for Sale Fantastic end-cap location in Southwest Austin!

Restaurant for Sale Fantastic end-cap location in Southwest Austin!

Listing Id:10593 Lease Term:through Sept, 2.. Monthly Rent$12400, Sq.ft.3000,
Huge 2nd gen Restaurant for Sale in N Austin, 3800 sq ft with 24 ft hood!

Huge 2nd gen Restaurant for Sale in N Austin, 3800 sq ft with 24 ft hood!

Listing Id:10532 Lease Term:through March 2.. Monthly Rent$10864, Sq.ft.3817,
Turn-Key Diner for Sale one hour South of Atlanta with Beautiful Buildout

Turn-Key Diner for Sale one hour South of Atlanta with Beautiful Buildout

Listing Id:10515 Lease Term:Expires 2025 wi.. Monthly Rent$4900, Sq.ft.3000,
Turnkey Restaurant for Sale in Lady Lake, FL!

Turnkey Restaurant for Sale in Lady Lake, FL!

Listing Id:10443 Lease Term:March 2026 Monthly Rent$4000.00- Sq.ft.3500-
Turnkey Restaurant & Bar For Sale with Liquor License!!

Turnkey Restaurant & Bar For Sale with Liquor License!!

Listing Id:10192 Lease Term:open to renewal.. Monthly Rent$3800- Sq.ft.2400-
Turnkey Restaurant for Sale- Michigan Restaurant with Full Liquor License

Turnkey Restaurant for Sale- Michigan Restaurant with Full Liquor License

Listing Id:10172 Lease Term:To be Determine.. Monthly Rent$2200, Sq.ft.4060,
Well Established Restaurant for Sale In A Colorado Tourist Town

Well Established Restaurant for Sale In A Colorado Tourist Town

Listing Id:10160 Lease Term:July 31, 2026 Monthly Rent$3500.00, Sq.ft.3500,
Profitable Dawson County, GA Restaurant for Sale - 6 Figure Earnings

Profitable Dawson County, GA Restaurant for Sale - 6 Figure Earnings

Listing Id:10141 Lease Term:Remainder of cu.. Monthly Rent$7750, Sq.ft.5000,
Restaurant for Sale in Marion County, FL with Drive Thru!!

Restaurant for Sale in Marion County, FL with Drive Thru!!

Listing Id:10079 Lease Term:Sept 2024 Monthly Rent$2327.50-, Sq.ft.2300,
Turn-Key American Diner Restaurant for Sale in Jacksonville

Turn-Key American Diner Restaurant for Sale in Jacksonville

Listing Id:9896 Lease Term:5 to 10 years. Monthly Rent$1050, Sq.ft.1400,
Earn over $185,000 in this established Texas Diner & Cafe for Sale

Earn over $185,000 in this established Texas Diner & Cafe for Sale

Listing Id:9892 Lease Term:4 years left on.. Monthly Rent$4250, Sq.ft.3000,
 Restuarant For Sale with Excellent Owner Benefits

Restuarant For Sale with Excellent Owner Benefits

Listing Id:9717 Lease Term:June 2025 Monthly Rent$12465-, Sq.ft.3918-,
Grab and Grow: Turn-Key Drive Thru Restaurant for Sale!

Grab and Grow: Turn-Key Drive Thru Restaurant for Sale!

Listing Id:9709 Lease Term:to be negotiate.. Monthly Rent$3000, Sq.ft.4000,
$767,000 in Sales at this Clayton, New Mexico Restaurant for Sale

$767,000 in Sales at this Clayton, New Mexico Restaurant for Sale

Listing Id:9153 Lease Term:To Be negotiate.. Monthly Rent$2000, Sq.ft.2500,
Prime Investment Opportunity, Free-Standing Restaurant with Real Estate

Prime Investment Opportunity, Free-Standing Restaurant with Real Estate

Listing Id:8094 Lease Term:Property for sa.. Monthly Rent$n/a, Sq.ft.3473,
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