America’s love affair with tea rooms began a century ago and the area around Boston was the first to witness this boom as tea rooms popped up in every little village. The sudden popularity of tea rooms was brought about by three remarkable social phenomena:
- the advent of the automobile,
- the temperance movement, and
- women’s quest for equality.
Put a thoroughly modern woman into the driver’s seat of a Ford, ban alcohol, build good roads that spiral out of major cities into the scenic countryside, and you have a perfect recipe for the twentieth century tea room movement.