Repairing Sprawl with Gourmet Gas Station Eateries
City Lab, previously known as The Atlantic Cities, recently reported on a popular Korean-fusion café operating within a suburban Maryland gas station. The café is accessible from both the gas station’s convenience store and a sidewalk-lined street, and incorporates outdoor eating space.
City Lab reports the café’s nontraditional location is good for everyone involved: the gas station’s owner makes money on unused space, the café gets guaranteed foot traffic, and patrons can enjoy a freshly prepared meal. Additionally, the local planners are thrilled with the cafés location, as it brings character to the neighborhood by “[letting] locals experience th[e] corner not as a handy service site, but as an actual place.”
The Washington Postreports that similar operations are popping up across the country. Find out more about these infill eateries here.