Why Are Diners Traditionally Greek? It’s an Immigration Story, Naturally — Food Culture

There’s no official Bureau of Diner Ownership to keep count, but if you’re a diner fan, you know that Greek families traditionally run the show at these beloved 24-hour joints, especially in the Northeast.

Obvious giveaways include names like “Olympia Diner,” or charmingly ornate decor, like Greco-style columns, statues, or chandeliers. One diner in South Jersey even proudly displays its WiFi password at the entrance: FetaCheese (caps included!).

So how did so many Greek families come to run diners? At the heart of the answer is a classic American immigration story that still resonates today.

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