lun·​cheon·​ette | \ˌlən-chə-ˈnet \

Definition of luncheonette 

: a small restaurant serving light lunches

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In an era when all the old standbys of diner culture are sliding beneath the tides of change, Middle Child is proof that the luncheonette is getting a creative burst of fresh life. Craig Laban,, "Middle Child a bright new player in luncheonette revival," 25 May 2018 The Freedom Marchers’ daytime plan was to have groups of whites and blacks sit down in segregated luncheonettes and restaurants on Main Street, thus integrating them. Stu Bykofsky,, "In 1962 in Maryland, I was trespassing in a restaurant | Stu Bykofsky," 20 Apr. 2018 Stockholm plans to have a 645-foot stall that will be set up like a modern luncheonette, with bar stools, an open kitchen and vintage tiles. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's new food hall announces new tenants, including a local food-truck chef," 28 June 2018 People often think of Chef JJ’s as the place to learn how to cook on kamado grills like the Big Green Egg, but the business offers a wide range of unsmoked foods, as evidenced by luncheonette menu plans. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This chef is turning your lunch hour into live taco food show," 23 Jan. 2018 El Mocho Get a taste for Key West’s version of authentic Cuban food at the no frills El Mocho luncheonette (no website, 5708 Maloney Ave.). Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "Stock Island is Key West's laid-back neighbor. Here's why you should go | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 Up next, Angela Pinkerton’s luncheonette located downstairs called Theorita. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Che Fico makes its Divisadero debut," 28 Mar. 2018 The luncheonette will pop up regularly, probably a few times a month and extending for three or four days in a row, including weekdays and weekends depending on demand and Downtown event schedules. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This chef is turning your lunch hour into live taco food show," 23 Jan. 2018 Paris’s cutest couple combines their respective Japanese and Franco-Lebanese backgrounds at this darling, perpetually packed luncheonette. Belle Cushing, Bon Appetit, "How to Eat Healthyish in Paris," 10 May 2017

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of luncheonette

: a small restaurant where lunches are served

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