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Eating Salem: An Exhibit of Restaurant History

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Photo: White House Restaurant, Salem. WHC 2013.13.58

June 19 - August 22, 2015 The restaurant industry is one of the oldest in Salem. Before the advent of modern conveniences, food preparation took a lot of work. Wage workers without family support and visitors to the city relied on restaurants, sometimes on a daily basis, for meals. Even Salem’s early prisoners were fed daily through contracts with local restaurants. More than providing necessary meals, restaurants play a vital role in our community’s social interactions. They facilitate business transactions, courtship, leisure and celebrations. They also hold a special place in our memories, as the lines at last summer’s limited reopening of Bob’s Hamburgers at the fair can attest. Despite its long history, the restaurant business is tough work. Long hours, low margins and fickle fads have meant a continuously changing industry landscape. Think of the restaurants you went to 10 years ago; how many of them are still in business today? Thousands of restaurants have operated in Salem, but finding evidence of their existence proved a little more challenging. This exhibit looks at some of the stories of restaurants and the people who have made them possible. It is by no means a complete account. Please help us document the stories we’ve missed by sharing yours at the end of the exhibit. Sponsored by Bank of the Cascades Preview a digitized version of the exhibit here:
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