An article in Nation’s Restaurant News caught our attention (via Eatocracy). It seems that some car dealerships across the U.S. are getting into the restaurant business. (Hey, it’s a slow news week!) The story’s a bit of a stretch: it centers on Frank Kent Motor Co.’s Honda showroom in Ft. Worth, Texas, which opened a restaurant called Twin Creeks Cafe so that shoppers could take a break from browsing for Accords to lunch on grilled fish or grab a quick salad. The story also cites the planned opening of a 10,000-square-foot restaurant at a Lexus dealership’s opening next year in Escondido, California. If, like us, you believe that “three’s a trend,” then the restaurants-in-car-dealerships story falls one short.
But that’s not to say it’s not a good idea! In fact, anyone who’s ever broken down and settled for a stale donut or a watery cup of coffee while car shopping would surely welcome the option to, say, have a freshly made BLT and a beer. Am I right?
All this made me think of the most anguished food scene from any car dealership, at least in pop culture history: When George Costanza goes with Jerry to buy a Saab (R.I.P.) from Puddy, and, having just missed out on the free donuts, tries to coax a Twix bar from a candy machine after it gets stuck. This leads to a series of mishaps that results in George conducting a witch hunt to see if a portly mechanic is guilty of snagging his waylaid candy bar. Behold: