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Old 03-18-2006, 12:11 AM   #11
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Speaking of diners, Erik.....

I wish I could remember the publication - it could have been Life Magazine -

Anyway a few innovative people had salvaged old Train Diner Cars and turned them into diners (and a few even made homes out of the Coach Cars!)

Diners have ALWAYS had the best food, the most interesting owners and staff and I'm sure the most fun to own and operate!! The definitely have character and atmospere!!!

And, by the way, .....I'll have the Blue Plate Special!

Best of luck to you!!!
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Old 03-18-2006, 12:13 AM   #12
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Thanks, Cyber...I appreciate the kind words!!!
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Old 03-18-2006, 12:20 AM   #13
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I wish I could remember the publication - it could have been Life Magazine -

Anyway a few innovative people had salvaged old Train Diner Cars and turned them into diners (and a few even made homes out of the Coach Cars!)
The Chattanooga ChooChoo in, of course, Chattanooga, Tennessee, has restored cars. http://www.choochoo.com/
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Old 03-18-2006, 01:22 AM   #14
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I would want to open a specialty cheese shop with a small, quaint cafe attached to it. The cafe would serve fresh artisan breads and various other baked goods, as well as specialty cheeses, salads, and deli items. I'd have really nice coffees and cappucinos. It would smell like fresh bread and coffee when you walked in and would have nice, big armchairs and cafe tables for people to lounge around in. There would also be some regular cafe style tables for people wanting a more "sit down" type meal.

The shop attached to the cafe would sell a lot of our baked goods as well as have a huge assortment of imported and specialty cheeses.

Hey, it's nice to dream!
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Old 03-18-2006, 01:30 AM   #15
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Grumblebee, I'd be over there all the time!

But there's no place for things like that down here. I think I'd open a little island food type restaurant, a kind of tiki hut overlooking the sea. It would have two or three meal choices that would change everyday. Kind of a bed and breakfast thing. It would be very small and laid back. I was a waitress before and I don't want to put up with that kind of stress again

People would come for my daily fresh seafood and sarong-wearing waitresses
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Old 03-18-2006, 01:50 AM   #16
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Hee hee the train-car diner was my first thought too. Or just a nice, quiet little cafe that serves everyday foods like Soups, Sub-sandwiches, Hamburgers and the like.

Oh! And FRESH DOUGHNUTS ALL DAY!! :D

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Old 03-18-2006, 03:58 AM   #17
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A killer steakhouse.
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Old 03-18-2006, 08:53 AM   #18
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I've thought about opening a BBQ shack for years. It wouldn't be very upscale.

The only problem with this is, in the area I now live in, true BBQ places don't last very long, as folks around here have no earthly idea what real southern-style BBQ is about. One of these shacks (literally named "The BBQ Shack") just opened up a couple months ago. I tried their brisket a few weeks ago. While it's good, I felt they didn't smoke the meat long enough, as it didn't have a strongly pronounced smoke flavor, and the meat wasn't as tender as I like it.

I could probably open a place and smoke circles around them, but with lack of a big enough customer base, I wouldn't be in business very long.
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Old 03-18-2006, 08:57 AM   #19
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Phinz, I'm with you. Bring back the drive ins
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Old 03-18-2006, 09:08 AM   #20
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I'm with grumblebee. Here in my small, tourist-oriented town, I'd add a little cafe to the already existant gourmet cheese & wine shop, where people could have a glass of wine and a cheese/cold meats platter on summer days.
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