KwikCurb Diner, Elmore County, Idaho
Embodying the distinctive characteristics of 1950s drive-in restaurant architecture, the KwikCurb Diner in Mountain Home, Elmore County, Idaho, is a living reminder of the advent of American car culture and its impact on roadside eateries. While there were various types of eateries along roadways early on, the first restaurant to provide food served to the traveler directly in their vehicle is believed to have been in Texas in the 1920s. Eateries soon followed the roadways, and while they had only walk-up windows, and not car-service, it did not take long for the growing number of roadside eateries to see the appeal of providing car service and by the 1930s “car-hops” became a common sight at the drive-in; it was quicker and easier for the driver. In the post-World War II economic boom era of the 1950s, drive-in services became one of the fastest growing portions of the economy. The year 1955, when the KwikCurb Diner was built by local businessman John Bermensolo along U.S. Highway 30 on the east side of Mountain Home, Idaho, was also an important one to drive-in history: Ray Kroc opened his first McDonalds franchise fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. The design of the KwikCurb Diner, rebuilt as a state-of-the-art drive-in in 1961 and still serving food today from a menu little changes from the 1950s, was largely derived from the early Stanley Metson design for the early McDonalds restaurants designed for the McDonald Brothers in 1953.
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