The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 February 2004

Minor touchup work

As far back as I can remember, the lot on the northeast corner of NW 59th Street and May Avenue has contained a Long John Silver's Seafood Shoppe of the old school, a little mock-clapboard building with a simulated boat hull seemingly aground on the roof, as though the flood waters had only just receded.

A couple of weeks ago, they posted a CLOSED FOR REMODELING sign. Today I watched some of that remodeling, which involved three bulldozers.

Truth be told, I have no idea what's going to happen with the now-vacant lot. Did LJS decide it was too small? Negotiating the parking area was tricky, more so when they added the drive-through.

Actually, that's not quite true. I know one thing that's going to happen: semi-severe stormage tonight and tomorrow, which should produce some nifty red mudslides. If they get past Monterey Jack's, they'll ease down the hill right into Barnes & Noble. And anyway, should I feel the need for sort-of-fast seafood, I'd just as soon drive the five miles to the nearest Captain D's.

Posted at 4:59 PM to City Scene

LJS is going into the Combination FastJunk business model, apparently, because people find it too inconvenient to even pick one kind of crap to shove into their faces instead of, dare I say it? (Dare! Dare!) Yeah, I dare. Instead of Cooking Dinner. Back in the old fashioned days, parents could simply whisk the family to Burger King for a craptastic dinner. Now, you have to get LJS for mom, A&W for dad, and the kids want a Happy McMega Kids Club Dinner Meal. Convenience. One day, we'll just have to blink once for McDonald's, or twice for Pizza Hut. And then later, the marketer's dream. "Think Pepsi!", and skataPOOF! There it is, appropriately charged to your datachip account.

(something about Douglas Adams and some pizza delivery company comes to mind)

Terkish Payne, feeding the world, one tip at a time.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 1:04 AM on 29 February 2004

It hadn't occurred to me that they might plant one of Yum!'s infamous two-branded stores on that corner — there aren't a lot of them around town — but it might be a cheap way to restore the A&W brand, which has been sliding for the last few thousand years.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:38 AM on 29 February 2004

I used to be pleasantly surprised to discover an A&W actually open and serving. "Used to be" because it's been years-'n'-years since the last time it happened.

Are there still A&W restaurants out there, or has the company decided to concentrate entirely on retail sales of bottled root beer and cream soda?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:57 AM on 29 February 2004

The A&W Web site has a store locator: presumably the closest outlet to you is in the food court at Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:11 AM on 29 February 2004

I've been in that mall several times but I don't remember going to the food court -- which may be why I've never seen an A&W there. Guess I'll have to make sure, next time.

Posted by: McGehee at 5:31 PM on 29 February 2004

Only reason I paired up A&W and LJS is because they built one of those ComboHuts on NW 23rd and Meridian (OKC) with those two in it. Chicken Planks and a root beer float.. yeah buddy. But the original point of people being babied with a bit of the old ultraconvenience still stands.

Terkish Payne, and stuff.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 1:08 AM on 1 March 2004

Hey they graced Yukon with one of those combos a few months ago. Used to be LJS and now it is LJS and A&W. Was rather diappointed with the food quality though. Bring back the old A&W with the Poppa and Momma burgers. Wonder if the old A&W is still in Norman on Robinson? Haven't noticed lately.

Posted by: anstranger at 4:11 PM on 1 March 2004

I went and tried a Deluxe Bacon Cheeseburger™ at the A&W in that mall food court. Good fries, but the burger was about what I could get at DQ or a pre-"Angus Thickburgers" Hardee's. And it occurred to me that a big part of what I missed about eating at A&W was not so much the food as the "at A&W" part.

And I had actually managed to forget about the Poppa and Momma burgers until I saw Anstranger's comment. How sad is that?

Posted by: McGehee at 6:45 PM on 1 March 2004