In 1921, entrepreneurs Jessie G. Kirby and Reuben Jackson opened the first restaurant that was specifically designed to serve people in their cars.
At the original Pig Stand in Dallas, Texas, carhops would take motorists' orders as they pulled up in their automobiles, allowing drivers to grab a quick meal without leaving their cars, according to the Texas Observer.
Kirby and Jackson's restaurant was an instant hit, according to Oak Cliff Advocate magazine, and quickly expanded into dozens of locations in several states.
The drive-thrus are getting a real workout during the pandemic! Good for them.
If we're talking about drive-thrus, I feel an obligation to mention the drive-thru that surprised the heck out of me the first time I saw it: the drive-thru liquor store. Since I first saw one in Albany, Georgia I have seen them in other places too (Wisconsin); Google tells me that my old stomping grounds of NJ and NY now have them too, but back in my day we had no such luxuries, we had to put on pants and get out of the car.
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