The Worthen House, on 141 Worthen Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, is the oldest bar in Lowell, originally built in 1834 as the West India Goods Store. featured image source
Quite assuredly, restaurants and fast foods were born out of the USA’s Industrial Revolution. History tells of a time (Post American Revolution 1780 thru 1860 Civil War antebellum) when the vast enterprising and manufacturing of goods transpired. Factories opened in America’s cities as Lowell Massachusetts and Bothell Washington. Young people went to work in factories; however, after work, they socialized. The intermingling of these newly working-class of young people prompted food concessions to be established. This was the infancy of USA’s industrialization and the dawning of urbanization. This is an AmericaOnCoffee (AOC) Commentary!
The Oldest Restaurants in America
by Amy McKeever
Restaurants aren’t exactly known for long life spans, but every so often one comes along that stands the test of time. There are inns and taverns dotting the East Coast that have been around since — or even before — America itself was founded. But how old is the oldest seafood restaurant or steakhouse? Which of the country’s old-school diners and red-sauce joints are still in operation today? Here’s a look at 11 of the oldest restaurants in America, organized by category:
Oldest Cafe: Café du Monde, New Orleans, LA
Things have been kept pretty simple at the Café du Monde over its 150-year-plus reign. Chicory coffee and square beignets generously dusted with powdered sugar still win the morning, afternoon, and evening at this 24-hour cafe. Café du Monde has been a fixture for life in New Orleans since 1862, having halted operations only temporarily for Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.
800 Decatur St.; 504-525-4544
Oldest Diner: Horseshoe Cafe, Bellingham, WA
It’s been 130 years since the Horseshoe Cafe opened its doors to the miners who had rushed to the doorstep of Bellingham, Washington. Though it’s moved a few times in that long history — and just last year was remodeled and reopened under new ownership — the Horseshoe Cafe has been an all-day Bellingham fixture since 1886. Its menu is stacked with diner staples, from fried chicken and triple-stacked pancakes to burgers and patty melts.
113 E. Holly St.; 360-933-4301
Oldest Burger Joint: Louis’ Lunch, New Haven, CT
There’s some controversy over who gets to claim the oldest burger joint title. The late food writer Josh Ozersky neatly laid out the argument for why a White Castle founder invented the hamburger, but our money falls on Louis’ Lunch for oldest burger joint in America. This New Haven icon has been serving burgers between slices of toast (a disqualifier for some, although buns weren’t even invented at the time) since 1895.
261-263 Crown St.; 203-562-5507