Robert H. Budde was working in lunch wagons as far back as 1897 at William C. Stillman’s Night Lunch, located at 276 Main St., Middletown, CT. He later ran lunch wagons (or just as likely the same one at multiple locations) at 157 Court Street, Middletown, CT (1911), 12 Commercial, New Britain, CT (a street which seems to have been renamed or redeveloped) 41 Arch and 43 E. Main St. New Britain, CT, (1927) 47 E. Main St., New Britain (1930), 316 Main St. New Britain, CT (1934). By the late 1930s, he’d left the lunch wagon business and switched to insurance.
Wow, can you imagine diner employees wearing shirts and ties? 🙂 Great photo.