You walk in and throw some money into a slot and the window opens and you get your food. Instant gratification.
I’m not sure why this idea died. I kind of like it.
Is it that if the place wasn’t so hopping it could seem like your sandwich was sitting around for a few hours?
Horn & Hardart was known as the first automated fast food joint, or “Automats.” Here, you could purchase food already laid out and prepared for you from behind a glass window.
All you had to do was grab what you wanted and pay for it as you would with a vending machine. It was this unique experience that kept customers flocking back for more, which is why it became so famous.
Although this seemed like the easiest way to get food on the go, without having to line up behind a check-out counter.
Sadly the last Horn & Hardart location closed in 1991.