I am thinking mostly of classic Mom & Pop diners and also dive bars across the USA.
How abundant are they now compared to say in the early 1990’s? Do you think gentrification and immigration have had an impact on them? Would you say there has been a decline in the number of live music in dive bars since the 1990’s?
Coming from the other side of the pond I think of the road side Mom & Pop diner as one of the great symbols of America in the 20th century and so too the dive bars of the working class neighborhoods in cities and small towns. I recently watched an excellent documentary online recently called Pennsylvania Diners and Other Road Side Restaurants made in 1993. A behind the scenes look at these types of diners and it struck me how things have probably changed massively in some of those places since and perhaps some other places featured where time has probably stood still, technology aside.