August 2015

San Francisco entrepreneurs reinvent the Automat

So shiny! So efficient!
I pined for the Automat as a kid. I had read about it somewhere - probably A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - and was so sad to learn they were no longer around by the time I was here. The Automat was essentially a walk-in vending machine. Basic cafeteria food items sat behind little glass doors in the wall. You deposited coins and pulled out whichever dish you wanted to eat.