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I was reading an article in the Denver Post and I ran across the term "beater restaurant." I didn't know what it meant, and I wasn't able to find the term via a Google search. The article is in the newspaper's cold case section, talking about a murder that took place in 1947, so possibly it is an older colloquialism.

From the article, "Founder of Denver school murdered with sister", K. Mitchell, 23 February 2013:

To help in the discovery of Lundy, authorities said he “likes good steaks” that he eats at beater restaurants and stays in good hotels. “He dresses fastidiously.”

The article is rife with inaccuracies and poor grammar/spelling/editing, so it is equally possible that it is some form of misprint. Any insight would be appreciated.

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closed as too localized by StoneyB, Jon Hanna, J.R., MετάEd, Kristina Lopez Feb 24 '13 at 1:15

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beater -> better. –  Hellion Feb 23 '13 at 23:29
    
Hellion is certainly right: it's a typo. I think this has to be closed as Too Localised. –  StoneyB Feb 23 '13 at 23:40
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I'll vote to close, too, but I'm also upvoting this as an exemplary question. If it hadn't been a typo, and there really was some kind of dining establishment known as a "beater restaurant," this would have been a great way to inquire about it – with ample background and context. The question is certainly clear and it shows research effort. –  J.R. Feb 24 '13 at 0:15
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1. "Better" is clearly the intended word. 2. "Beater," if it were intentionally used, would be an extension of the colloquial use of "beater" for cars which are old and damaged. 3. I can't help mentioning that the headline of the article could go into the "unintentionally funny headline" file. I know murder is NOT funny, but see what I mean when you replace "sister" with any murder weapon of your choice; this phrasing is how the murder weapon is usually mentioned in a headline ("Founder murdered with axe"). We can only hope he wasn't somehow murdered with his sister! –  John M. Landsberg Feb 24 '13 at 1:23

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