JJ Newberry's on Cape Cod.......known to all of us kids in the 50's/60's as the five and ten, had just one long counter with swivel seats.must have 300-400 of them! (just kidding..........."kid perspective"...they had maybe 25). The floor sloped up from the street for some reason.
Couple of great old ladies would fix you a burger and fries with a Vanilla shake for about 50 cents, maybe less. The burger cooked on one of those great old Grills and flattened with a big cast iron "smasher" bun and burger, The burger would come out about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick, buttery and greasy. A limpid Tomato on the side, along with a leaf of lettuce. And some of the greatest thin golden French Fries this side of the Cape Cod Canal! A little paper cup of Mayo could be requested, but ketchup and mustard were every 3 seats. Making the shake into a Frappe cost an extra dime foir the ice cream, but it was so much richer as it whirled in one of those metal containers that mysteriously fitted in to the twirling thingy!
But for more fun and greater camaraderie, we'd go to Fenstermaker's pharmacy (for some reason we always called it, Nyal's...previous owner?). It was closer, had better candy and less stools, but nicer waitresses that knew us and fixed us lemon cokes for 10 cents. The best ones were on Sunday morning when a bud&I would trapse out of church halfway through the family service with all the other kids who were going to Sunday School while the parents sat through the sssssermon (or should that have "z"'s?), but we would turn left rather than right and time it so we were back in time when the service ended. Alas, they had no fry-o-lator.
By the time i got my license, we had our first shopping mall........Stop&Shop, First National, both a Woolworths AND a Grants, but I don't think either had lunch counters.........but it had..........OMG!!!!!!!! A Friendly's! They had Booths! as well as stools. Neat burgers on toast of all things (and slightly thicker than above), equally scrumptious fries......and Awful-Awful's! ( They later got sued to change the name of their Frappe concoction)
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