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The Oldest Restaurant in Every State (& D.C.) | A meal with a side of history

PureWow Logo By editor@purewow.com (PureWow) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 51: <p>This establishment, founded by Greek immigrants, began as a tiny 25-seat café but now holds 330 people. The cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean flavors (like snapper dressed in olive oil and oregano) paired with classic Southern ingredients.</p><p>304 19th St. N., Bessemer, AL; 205-424-1861 or <a href="http://www.thebrightstar.com/">thebrightstar.com</a></p>

Alabama: The Bright Star (Bessemer, 1907)

Did you know 60 percent of new restaurants fail within their first year? So to think of an eatery that’s been open since the 1800s…well, you get the picture. Here, the oldest restaurants that are still operating in every single state (and D.C.).

This establishment, founded by Greek immigrants, began as a tiny 25-seat café but now holds 330 people. The cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean flavors (like snapper dressed in olive oil and oregano) paired with classic Southern ingredients.

304 19th St. N., Bessemer, AL; 205-424-1861 or thebrightstar.com

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