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Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#---

Ok, my crazzzy idea. It is called "State Fair". Let your imagination run wild for menu items.

Comments on this?

Anyone else have a creative idea?
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    UncleVic
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 15:32:14 (permalink)
    Roadfood Shack... All the regional varities under one roof.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 15:52:43 (permalink)
    Wow UncleVic, verrry creative as always! Boy, it would need to be a realllly BIG place. Or could it be possible to narrow down the feild. There is the "American" in Las Vegas. Hmm, what casino was it in? Pretty good variaty of regional foods.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 17:36:06 (permalink)
    Well the first thing is, can you get in the state fair? Thats a hard one to pull off but if you do...Good luck to you!
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 17:41:49 (permalink)
    I forgot to post

    Corn Dogs
    lemonade
    funnel cakes
    sausage on a stick

    This is if the othe vendors are not selling them. I did a smaller event (about 50,000 people) and a woman sold all of these in her concession trailer and she took home 90% of the cash that was spent on food.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 17:52:58 (permalink)
    I like the State Fair idea - sounds fun. My additions:

    Caramel Apples. (or Candy, I just prefer caramel.)

    Cotton candy, popcorn. You could have popcorn machines just inside the door and give out small boxes of it to people while they are waiting for their table.

    You'd have to serve "blue-ribbon winning" apple pie for dessert.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 18:19:32 (permalink)
    Ohman, it's reatuarant called "state fair".

    jvsmom, I like your ideas! How bout fried twinkies? They were big at the State Fair of Texas this year.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 18:30:50 (permalink)
    Old-timers in the Greater Newark Area talk of a place, now long gone, on a highway approaching Newark.

    It had a carnival theme and had all those foods you'd expect at a state fair. I don't recall the name.

    In any case, I'd like to have such a place handy, especially if the hot dogs and corn dogs were top notch.

    As I often bemoan, while New Jersey Hot Dogs are among the best I've ever had, there isn't a place here that serves a world class corn dog.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 18:32:45 (permalink)
    There was indeed a kiosk in the Mall of America called Minnesota State Fair, I believe. Some brothers from somewhere in the middle east ran it. They had funnel cakes, fried cheese curds and many things on sticks. It was a popular food court place, but the MOA didn't renew many of the leases in the food court to make some changes. Minnesota State Fair was one of them. A lot of people were sad.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 18:32:53 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by PapaJoe8

    Ohman, it's reatuarant called "state fair".

    jvsmom, I like your ideas! How bout fried twinkies? They were big at the State Fair of Texas this year.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 19:26:39 (permalink)
    OK, here's the concept, you have all the typical state fair type foods, corn dogs, "barbecue" sandwiches, chicken/beef/shrimp-on-a-stick, cotton candy, caramel/candy apples, onion blossoms, deep fried Twinkies and Oreos, deep fried EVERYTHING for that matter! Here's the kicker: All these different delicacies are prepared at individual kiosks like at the State Fair. The kiosks are scattered around your warehouse size restaurant with straw and sawdust strewn all over the floor. Seating is on picnic benches which are also scattered about the place. People wander through the joint stopping at various kiosks ordering what they like, then meeting at an agreed upon picnic table. I've heard there are numerous shopping malls around the country that have tried a similar approach. I believe they call them food courts.

    Buddy

    P.S. A little snarky at the end there, I know, but I do actually kinda like this idea. You could add to the authenticity of the place if you could find a way to pipe in that State Fair smell, kind of a combination of wet hay, farm animal waste, cigarette smoke and diesel fuel exhaust. My lips are smackin'!
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 21:40:55 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by PapaJoe8

    Ohman, it's reatuarant called "state fair".

    jvsmom, I like your ideas! How bout fried twinkies? They were big at the State Fair of Texas this year.
    Joe


    Sounds great to me - I didn't think of fried twinkies, probably because I've never had one - but I'll go along with it.

    And I still think it's a cool idea.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/10 23:49:35 (permalink)
    I had the "crazy" idea years ago, but never the money to do it.....a restaurant called "Around the World". It would be a very large circular building divided into a central circular section surrounded by spoke-shaped sections (separated by long hallways leading to the center section) dividing the outer ring. The outer spoke sections would be individual ethnic and specialty restaurants (Mexican, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Indian, American, Seafood, Barbecue etc.) The central circular section would be "The Melting Pot" where you could get any combination of the foods that were served in the outer sections. (For example, if you wanted Mexican, your wife wanted Chinese and your kids wanted hot dogs, you could all sit in the Melting Pot and get your individual orders served. Or, if you wanted to eat a broiled lobster with spaetzle , you could get it in the Melting Pot.) The kitchens for each outer restaurant would be on the inner side of the restaurant, next to the Melting Pot, so they could service both their own restaurant and any requests for their cuisine in the Melting Pot.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/11 07:35:20 (permalink)
    fascinating idea! i dream of stuff like this too. i think there is a similar worldly thing at disney...without the melting pot twist, and not as wide an assortment. basically just different foods from different lands all in one corner area.
    i had this dream of a do-it-yourself cannery, and i passed it along to a friend who told me there is such a place in teh next town over....or used to be.i figured with all the growers in the region, folks could bring their fruits and veggies and have them jarred up, or let us do it for a price.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/11 07:59:50 (permalink)
    here's one for ya.(im always full of [*&%*^&$^%$* ideas)
    instead of the icecream truck coming to everyone's neighborhood, how about the concession truck. no, not like the lunch truck, but one that sells bbq by the pound, ribs n chicken such... maybe steak on wheels. or chef on wheels...with a grill and full service.. plop down patio chair n table in someone's front yard and serve em up...
    imagine, 4 star in a truck..heehee
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/11 08:44:36 (permalink)
    There is a boston area restaurant called Summer Shack which is like what you are talking about. they have corn dogs, lobster rolls, all that stuff, but it is run by a famous chef and it is sorta upscale concept of these items. cute.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/11 15:44:00 (permalink)
    I'd kile to have a combination restaurant and hot sauce shop. Nothing fancy, just burgers, chicken, BBQ, but the customers could sample a couple hundred different hot sauces if they desired.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/12 19:49:17 (permalink)
    Papajoe, how bout changing the spelling and making it State Fare and have specialty dishes from different states?
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/13 08:53:53 (permalink)
    bassrocker,

    I had a similar plan once with pizza by the slice. Ride around neighborhoods playing the "Godfather Theme" or "That's Amore". Quick and easy, slice and go. If I heard that music coming down the street, I would be the first one begging the wife for a couple bucks so I could go chase the pizza truck down. lol
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/13 09:10:38 (permalink)
    Prana, they have a Pizza truck in New Haven,CT it doesn't travel the streets but sets up like a hot dog cart. I use to have an article about it if I can find it I'll post it.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/21 21:20:31 (permalink)
    State Fair, where prize winning angus steers make their final stand.

    (Years ago at legendary Detroit restaurant Carl's Chop House, they traditionally had prime rib and steaks from top steers from each years Michigan State Fair on the menu.)
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/22 07:49:24 (permalink)
    "STATE FARE" IS A BETTER TURN OF WORDS,IN MY OPINION.IF I HAD THIS PLACE I WOULD CONCENTRATE ON A MENU WITH 50 ITEMS, A SIGNATURE APP.,SANDWICH, OR ENTREE FROM EVERY STATE.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/24 23:07:20 (permalink)
    I like this name for a restaurant, though, you'd think someone has already used it: Destination.

    "You see, I'm an idea man, Chuck."

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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/25 03:12:46 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by 6star

    I had the "crazy" idea years ago, but never the money to do it.....a restaurant called "Around the World". It would be a very large circular building divided into a central circular section surrounded by spoke-shaped sections (separated by long hallways leading to the center section) dividing the outer ring. The outer spoke sections would be individual ethnic and specialty restaurants (Mexican, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Indian, American, Seafood, Barbecue etc.) The central circular section would be "The Melting Pot" where you could get any combination of the foods that were served in the outer sections. (For example, if you wanted Mexican, your wife wanted Chinese and your kids wanted hot dogs, you could all sit in the Melting Pot and get your individual orders served. Or, if you wanted to eat a broiled lobster with spaetzle , you could get it in the Melting Pot.) The kitchens for each outer restaurant would be on the inner side of the restaurant, next to the Melting Pot, so they could service both their own restaurant and any requests for their cuisine in the Melting Pot.
    In Memphis in the early '70's there was a place called Food Fair.It was a huge building with about 15-20 vendors wrapped around the ID of the place.Big seating area in the center.I remember Krystal,Sir Beef and Poco Taco but there were lot's of restaurants in there!Pretty funny we used to drive to go to a food court but this one had some pretty good stuff including a dancing chicken in a cage that was only about 10 cents! So your idea is ancient history as they went under just a few years after they opened.It is kinda funny you were thinking about this.Maybe you were there?
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/25 07:54:49 (permalink)
    Mine would be a restaraunt called Second Time Around or Leftovers. It's a fairly simple concept. As we all know the waste in the food industry is astronomical. From everything like food to old unused equipment and furnishings. Stock this restaraunt with donations from the industry, hire people that are retired from the industry who just want to work a few hours to supplement their income and supplemented by younger students interested in a career in the culinary arts,this would be a great learning experience for some kid to work along side seasoned pros. You would need a Board of Directors made up of area chefs/managers/owner operators. That would be the hard part to have some put their egos aside. This could be a write off for those who contribue and an asset to the community by donating proceeds of sales to whatever charities on a rotating basis. That would work to an advantage also, to contact the charitable organization and let them know in advance the proceeds from that week would benifit them. Let them do the advertising. I have many more ideas on this concept not enough time to type them all. I can only see this as a win win situation. Chow Jim
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/25 08:34:00 (permalink)
    I have always thought a place called The Hidden Agenda would do well, especially with the political types. It would be a bar with the typical All-American fare a politician would encounter while on the stump.

    The concept would also work well as a singles bar. It could have separate areas such as an "open agenda" area where people are encouraged to mingle and a "closed agenda" area for those who do not wish to mingle.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/25 08:55:44 (permalink)
    When I was a young man, going over to Staten Island to drink, there was a favorite haunt called "Warm Beer and Lousy Food." To the contrary of its name, it was a great place. I don't know when the joint went out of business or any other history/background.
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/25 09:23:46 (permalink)
    In the Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago there is a food court concept called foodlife, a sample of foods of all kinds. The court is one of the Lettuce Entertain You properties.

    http://www.foodlifechicago.com/foodlifechicago.htm

    http://www.leye.com/restaurants/restaurants_index.htm
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/02/25 09:52:33 (permalink)
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    In Memphis in the early '70's there was a place called Food Fair.It was a huge building with about 15-20 vendors wrapped around the ID of the place.Big seating area in the center.I remember Krystal,Sir Beef and Poco Taco but there were lot's of restaurants in there!Pretty funny we used to drive to go to a food court but this one had some pretty good stuff including a dancing chicken in a cage that was only about 10 cents! So your idea is ancient history as they went under just a few years after they opened.It is kinda funny you were thinking about this.Maybe you were there?

    No, I was never there and knew nothing about it. However, I had always imagined "Around the World" to be made up of a better class of restaurants than what you describe for Memphis (no chains or fast food in it, and wait-persons serving customers in each area, including "The Melting Pot"). This would make it more of a "destination restaurant" rather than a "food court".
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    RE: Creative restaurant ideas, here is mine @~#--- 2006/03/02 12:39:58 (permalink)
    Lots of neat ideas and suggestions!

    Around the World, Roadfood Shack, Second Time Around, and ok "state fare".

    My origional idea was a Jack in the Box sized place with a playground and a drive through and about 50 of the top "fair food" items. If it worked you could have lots of em. The big destination type idea is good also but I think you would need attractions. Maybe that dancing chicken #@^*. Hey both ideas could work together! The main restaurant and the branches.
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