Excerpted from Howard Riley's column in Adirondack Daily Enterprise, February 24, 2007
The One Minute Lunch
One of the most popular diners in Saranac Lake in the 1940s was the One Minute Lunch, which was the name for the counter service side of the diner. The City Restaurant was the name for the attached dining room, but mostly it was just known as "Dickie's" for Lief Dickie, who owned and operated the restaurant, as his father did before him. That was our regular hangout after the movies, and 25 cents got you a hamburger and a coffee.