Don't look for this charming throwback in Bay Ridge for much longer. Senators Dinettes is out of business and the space is up for rent.
There's a world of cultural history in this unassuming placard, though. The old phone number with the lettered prefix. The sweet emphasis on "All Name Brands." The prominent advertising of the very-1950s "Dinettes." The owners apparently never changed a word. One mystery: what exactly, I wonder, was "recovered." Part of the sign has fallen off. Sofas, perhaps? Or, in a more Proustian vein, maybe Time.