Manna Found in New Jersey

White Manna and White Mana 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.[1] Both buildings were manufactured by Paramount Diners of Oakland, New Jersey in the late-1930s.[2] Bridges owned five diners, all named “White Manna”.

The White Mana, located in Jersey City as a historical landmark and was the 1939 World’s Fair building, including the first Mana to open. When originally introduced, it was called the “diner of the future” and an “Introduction to Fast Food.”[1] According to the present owner, Mario Costa, Jr., the reason for the difference in spelling was a result of an error when the sign was serviced.[3] It is famous for its hamburgers and sells approximately 3,000 a week.[4]

Source of quote? Why the ever-ready wiki, of course.


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