RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#---
there is a restaurant/coffee shop small chain called "America" that does that "roadfood" theme. They have locations in NY NY hotel casino in Vegas, as well as Wash. DC (Union station)
Plus maybe somewhere else?!
the menu lists cities next to each entree and appetizer...
like "cobb salad........hollwood"........"flat iron steak........NYC"..
it's got a big mural of the USA, and while I've been inside the restaurant in Vegas to look around, I've never eaten there...
the menu sure sounds appetizing, but there were so many choices in Vegas, (like buffets, etc), that I have'nt got around to trying it..
I wonder if the food actually tastes as good as it sounds?!?
Your "state fair" idea has legs!!
assuming the cook is skilled at making all of these different regional dishes!