In an effort to create a female-friendly atmosphere, many restaurants were outfitted with domestic decor. Heavy draperies, plush armchairs, and marble fireplaces were used to create a parlor-like atmosphere. […]
According to food historian Cindy Lobel, this is why some women’s restaurants began to be referred to as parlors, or more specifically ice cream parlors. As a result, many Americans still go to “ice cream parlors” today.