Child's Restaurant is located west on the boardwalk (walk right, as you face the ocean), past the Parachute Jump and B&B Carousell. Built in 1923, it is a terracotta work of art. Child's was one of the first chain restaurants in the US. Each restaurant was decorated differently and this one has a fitting nautical theme. Child's prided itself on inexpensive, cafeteria-style service. Wait staff wore crisp uniforms with white aprons, and all of the windows onto the boardwalk gave this location a very open atmosphere where everyone was welcome. Eventually, Child's went bankrupt because its new vegetarian owner removed meat from the menu.
A 1907 Child's menu lists clam chowder for 15 cents, corned beef sandwiches and ham sandwiches at 5 cents a piece, and chicken salad at 25 cents. Have a baked apple or chocolate éclair for dessert for 5 cents, too. What a bargain! But wait, the average pay back then was 22 cents an hour... actually, still a pretty good deal.
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