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Publication numberUS1377969 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 10, 1921
Filing dateAug 19, 1920
Priority dateAug 19, 1920
Publication numberUS 1377969 A, US 1377969A, US-A-1377969, US1377969 A, US1377969A
InventorsLazarus Muntean
Original AssigneeLazarus Muntean
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Restaurant system
US 1377969 A
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' Patented May 10, 1921. 2 SHEETS-SHEET l L. MUNTEAN.



137773969. atented May 10,1921.


I lc arujluj/ea UNITED r res-PATENT .oFF cE m zmws MUNTEAN, ornrenmmn rum, MICHIGAN.

To all whom. it comm.-

Be it known that I, LAZARUS MUNTEAN, a

.citizen of the United States, residing at theaccompanying drawings.

This invention. relates toa restaurant sysplants Highland 'Park, in the county of Wayne and State of Michigan, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Restaurant Systems, of which the following is a specifica n, eference being had therein to Another object of this invention is to provide a' lunch system wherein a movable;

tramway is equipped with tables for lunch purposes and each table has drink ng foun;

tains and other accessories for the conven- 5 ience of customers seated atthe table.

- A further object of this invention. is to r the outer loo portion 23 of an endless track .1

i provide acompact culinary department wherein cooking'ranges, dish washing machines, and other equipmentare assembled so that loaded and unloaded'dishes may be I expeditiously handled and repeatedly used,

without any interruptiondurlnga' rush hour of service; p

' A stillfurther object of this invention is to provide alrestaurant which will permit the patrons being served indoors or out doors according .to' the weather, and provision is made for-continuously carrying the patrons about the restaurant to permit of repeated self-serving or exit when desired. I

The above and other objects are-attained by a novel constructive arrangement of parts that will be hereinafter more fully described 'and then claimed.

Reference will now hadto the drawings, wherein- Figure 1 is a-diagrammatic vlew in plan of a restaurant service in accordance with Fig; 3 1s a side elevation of the same.

this invention i Fig; 2 is a plan .of aportion of atable train, and

A restaurant in accordance with,my invention includes a suitable building-having a large room I defined by a front wall 1, a

nnsraonan'r srsrniu.

or push iar'wan 2,. and asidewall 3-; I Between these walls areyarious partitions to provide compartments for (lIfFGIBllt P'LIIPOSQS. -For instance, the sidewall 3, has a partltion 4 parallel to the front-wall l'to'form a room 5 and this room contains sinks Gland other equipment. At the open end of the ,room

there is a series of sinks'7 that may be used I for various purposes.

viding a store room 9, a meat room'10, a

. 4 e5 Adjacent the wall 2 are partitions .8 pro.

pantry .11, and an ice .box 12, said ice box serving the rooms 9, 10 and 11. These rooms 1' open into a large passage-way 13 equipped Before considering the rest of'the culi-- nary department reference will be hadtoan endless tramway by which patrons are car ried about the greater part of the .restau rant. Adjacentthe front wall 1 is an en+.

trance platform 17 connectedtoa loadingfly :platform18 and an unloading platform 19 by bridges 20 and 21.-, Additional unloading lar ecrowd. xtending under the bridges 20 and .21 is which extcn s along the outside of the buildplatforms 22 are provided toztake care of a ing and--around the walls 2, 3 and l to-ay loop portion 24: (man exit'platform 25a ndthis particularloop portion; is spanned by a bridge 26. The trackr returns the same w way to the loading platform 18 and has an inner loop portion 27 .about the unloading.

On the endless trackjare placed trains,

each composed of apluralit of coupled on the endless track.- ne or'more of the .cars of each train may he'provi'ded with electric motors 32 having suitable power transmission mechanism so that. the j'motor equipped car may be driven and thus pull rows shown in Fig. 1; The motors 32'may.

the train in the directio'n'ofthe arplatform 22 within the outer loop portion r 28. The track again returns 'to the exit 25 to provide another loopportion cars or platforms 3 0 su'ppor'te by-tru'cks31 I receive electrical energy from storage bat terms on one or more of the carsi'or sald mo 70 with-work-tables.14,a meat block 15 and cooking ranges 16 adjacent said meat block.

tors may be operated from ltroHeyor patrons pass between these booths the serail system suital'ily controlled th'eman ager of the 'restaurant.

On each car or platform is a pedestal table 38 and chairsfietor suitable seats for patrons. Each table has a lighting fixture and a motor 36 for oper'ating-a-ian 37,

saidamotor being supplied from the same "source of electrical energy as the motors 32.

' witha reservoir suitably suspended be- In addition to the lighting fixtures 35'there n endless tracks inthe open or-inclosed. In

of power, and the pump 43 communicates:

l neath the punip equipped-car of the train. [From timeto time the reservoir45 may be supplied with drinking Water and thet ra'ter forciblysupplied to the drinlzing' fountains ,of thetab'les.

Agai fconsiderin g the culinary depart that portion of the track acen't the H large room extends between" endless dish 1 slowly moving trains and as each" passes between the (llSlrCOIl'VQYBiS v simay select deslrechw sh. The dish con- 35, i

i nthejdish conveyer, so that as fast as the conveyers loon which dishes areplaced so as to hewith n easy'reach of patrons onthe'.

patron wer a are served from steam tables 4:7 and :imilk and coffee urns 4S w thattendants near "used.

unay'he expeditiously taken careof in the restaurant, I arrange stoves or ranges 5 l,ad-

dect'ed food is paid-for J may be increased a'ndsu'fiicient trains providedto permit of a large number of people being fed in a comparatively short time and the building may be constructed With the so some instances, for instance, at a State fair,- a building is not necessary as a tent may be In order that smallmeals or,short orders jacent the dish conveyers an dsteam tables, and dishes may be partlyprepared in the main kitchen and then finished atthestoves or'ranges 54:. Patrons entering the restau- --rant may observe menus at the loading plat -tori'ns and give orders for meals. These orders may he sent to the main or auxiliary kitchens-by suitable signals soathat the orders willhe under: way by the time the patrons reach the dish conveyors. As a matter oi fact, suitahlersignals and-electrically operated stairways-may he used v througl'muttl1e restai'irant, and While in the drawings there isillnstrated a preferred em-v 'hod iihent ofmy invention, it iszto he under stood that the specific arrangement offithe endless track, the culinaryequipment, etc.,

= patrons occupyv the tablesand pass between ,therlishconveyfls the patrons have a selfservice and may consume the food ivhile'h'eing carriedaround 'tojthe loop portion 24.

v If the lunch or meal has heen'of short dura tion theLpatr n may leavethetrainatthefl exitplatforin 25, or otherwise he carri'etd to the starting point where the patron .rnay leave at the unloading platform the loopportion 27. UShoul-d the;

22 withinitron care to, 'continuegt eltrain" proceeds ito, the loop' portion 28, where-the patronleave the 55 train-or continue to the unloadingplatform F22 ontside'of the outer 10015.23

In order that nsedfdishes ma removed iirom the tablesyendless dish conireyers 50;

may the changed Without departing from the scope oi the appended-claims. v

1'. An endless track for a restaurant'providing aksubstantially rectangular inclosure and having parallel-loop portions at one side oi the inclosure' and loop portions one 1 within the other, atanoth'er side of the inclosure, said loop portionsaffording a gap as an entrance to the inclosure, and tablecarryingrars on said track.v 2. An endless track as'characterizcd in 115,

claim liand;unloading plati' t'ms located inside and tintsidc tlie track,*loop'portions at one side of the ii'mlosure'aml loading and unloading piat't'ormslocated inside and outside the other loop portions of the track;

3. A continuous tra-ck'as characterized in claim 1 anda bridge spanning each of the loop portions of the track.

4. An endless restaurant systemcompris ing trainsrd cars adapted to-heconstantly' imed, tables on hrs, drinkingfoun- Cashier booths 53 located the rear 65 ends of the dish conveyersfifi and as-the tains lniving ,ater apply connections ex. tending upward; throughl each ltable, "a' source of'watersupply for the foantains of all of said tables, and means operated by the 30 train of car s in inoti o'n for fereibly ingthe water to the dr1 nking""fqun a 5. A restaurant comprising a culinary department providing self-service at one side of said culinary department, an endless track providing a s ua're or inclosure for the greater part of'sai restaurant and extending past the self-service, said track having 100p ends spaced apart affording entrance to 10 the culinary department, and cars adapted tqcpnstantly move en the track and permit of 'patrons reaching self service at the restaurant. I y

In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.


' KARL -H. Bnmn, Anna M. DOBR.

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U.S. Classification186/42, 211/1.57, 211/1.52, 52/31
International ClassificationA47F10/00, A47F10/06
Cooperative ClassificationA47F10/06
European ClassificationA47F10/06