Thompson’s Restaurant Building

Thompson’s was a Chicago restaurant chain that pioneered many of the ideas we associate with modern chain restaurants. It specialized in lunches for hurried businessmen. There were several in Pittsburgh in the early twentieth century; this one on Market Street just off the Diamond is beautifully restored.

2 thoughts on “Thompson’s Restaurant Building

  1. Interesting that they were a Chicago company – the type of window in the upper central bay – large fixed center with movable sashes on either side – is known as a “Chicago Window”, and was very popular before and after WWI.

  2. That lamppost seems to have a modern art fungus growing on it. I thought the city was spraying for those?

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