White Man(n)a

Today’s Zippy, a pointedly political strip (Griffy vs. Claude), but reproduced here for the diner in it:


The diner here is famous in the diner world. From Wikipedia:

White Manna [Hackensack] and White Mana [Jersey City] are the names of two fast food diners in the U.S. state of New Jersey, named after manna, the Biblical food. They were originally opened by Louis Bridges, who purchased the original diner that was introduced in the 1939 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens. Both buildings were manufactured by Paramount Diners of Oakland, New Jersey in the late 1930s. Bridges owned five diners, all named “White Manna”.

The White Mana, located at 470 Tonnele Avenue in Western Slope in Jersey City is a historical landmark and was the 1939 World’s Fair building, as well as the first Manna to open. When originally introduced, it was called the “diner of the future” and an “Introduction to Fast Food.” According to the present owner, Mario Costa, Jr., the difference in spelling was the result of an error when the sign was serviced. It is famous for its hamburgers and sells approximately 3,000 a week.

… The Hackensack White Manna Diner is a fast food restaurant located at 358 River Street. The diner has been at the site since 1946, and it is on the banks of the Hackensack River. From time to time, two local brothers will pull up to the small store via boat, much to the delight of the patrons.

The Hackensack location, as pictured in #1:


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