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When Matt Ashburn and Patrick Carl first spotted the historic Avoca Diner on eBay more than 11 months ago, they had no idea what a hassle it would be to buy the 1947 prefab structure, move it to D.C., and prepare it for its second life as Capital City  Diner.

Nor did the owners know much of the history behind their 15-foot-wide diner, which has been operating, off and on, since 1949. That’s where the children come in — the surviving children of some of the diner’s original owners. Their memories of the old Goodrich Diner in Avoca, N.Y., are richer than the Super Happy Fat Boy Breakfast on the Cap City Diner menu.

Go back in history, both recent and mid-20th century history, in this week’s Young & Hungry column.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery