The latest addition to my collection of department store tea room memorabilia is this sweet little dish from the Miller & Paine Department Store's tea room/cafeteria in Lincoln, Nebraska. I love the small (5 x 7 inch) oval shape and can just picture it being delivered to ladies' tables.
I love that every store's tea room or restaurant seemed to have its "signature" food items, and Miller & Paine was apparently known for its cinnamon rolls, about two of which would fit perfectly on this dish. Although the original recipe doesn't seem to be available online, a company called Runza continues to sell cinnamon rolls made from the Miller & Paine recipe today. (If I thought I could eat 4 dozen, I might consider placing an order!)
This Warwick dish tells me plainly it was "MADE EXPRESSLY FOR MILLER & PAINE, Inc." in LINCOLN, NEBR., and the online seller I bought it from says M&P was a great department store and she remembered eating in the tea room there. If anyone reading today has ever had a Miller & Paine cinnamon roll, I'd love to hear your review!