Gushing Gutters and Gas Station Gossip

Does anyone out ther know how to build an ark? Maybe I've forgotten what it's like when it rains, but it seemed like we had a cell of wet weather pass over Salem this Sunday that suddenly sent me seeking shelter. The water came down so fast that the rain gutters on my roof overflowed. The pounding percipitation only lasted momentarily and wasn't enough to keep me from going out this weekend. We went to one of our favorite restaurants in town, a place I've already reviewed. Can you guess where? Here's a clue, I took that photo of the sink in the men's bathroom. Leave your answer in the comment section.

While out and about, fueling up the gas guzzling SUV, I learned from my petroleum peddling buddies that the new restaurant-like construction happening on Commercial Street and Alice is going to be a Taco Del Mar. That's the latest word. This site has been rumored to be several different stores since construction started. Architecturally, it looks a lot like every other chain store that's going up these days, drive thru, arches, stone siding and a couple over hangs. I'll believe it's a TDM when I see a sign go up. My first thought when I saw the construction happening was Panda Express. Then people started talking about Baja Fresh. But I've never heard of a Baja with a drive thru. Starbucks became the buzz recently and I thought that's what was going to happen even with the coffee cutbacks by the corporate giant. Taco Del Mar makes sense, since there's already one at Keizer Station and another on Turner Rd. next to Lowe's. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Another photo I took while roaming the streets of Salem was the wall on the side of a fast food drive thru. Can you guess where? Notice the fancy painting of the cheese grater. I thought about it for awhile and couldn't think of anything on their menu that required shredding cheese. So of course, I had to google their menu and discovered at least one item with a topping of cheese. I also discovered in a google search, that a group of celebrities including Pamela Anderson, Paul McCartney and the Dalai Lama are protesting the chain for their cruelty to animals. Paul McCartney could probably buy this chain five times over with just the money he has made from his solo career.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The initial bldg permits on the site were pulled by Starbucks, they may have backed out since then.

Conrad Venti said...

You must be speaking about La Hacienda! They are the only restaurant brave enough to have ceramic tile in the bathroom sink!

Conrad - http://conradventi.com

Anonymous said...

the drive through is KFC on commercial I think. I have only been there once since the old one caught on fire. And I think that mash potato bowl they have has grated cheese, which I have never tried just seen all the commericals.

KandN said...

Is that sink at Cozumel??

Anonymous said...

It's going to be a 24hr Starbucks. My son works for them and he has already been asked to work there.

Lisa Anne said...

the picture in the sink looks like the west salem la hacienda.

Anonymous said...

The nice little drive thru you refer to IS going to be a coffee shop, but not the Corporate Giant to which others have referred. :) I wish them the best of luck.

Some advice? Provide your customers with a consistent, quality product and friendly service. Do this, and you will win over those of us that love a good coffee treat and would much prefer to keep our money in the local community.