I’ve been in many themed restaurants over the years. In fact one of the best as far as having “stuff” hanging everywhere is Joe’s Crab Shack where you will find an amazing assortment of things to look at. However, I believe a restaurant I visited on my recent trip to Ohio tops them all for how far an eatery will go in it’s theming.
Quaker Steak & Lube (obviously coined after the Quaker State & Lube oil change stores) is a motor sports themed restaurant famous for their chicken wings available in a wide variety of sauces but also serving up steaks, chicken, and ribs. They have about 30 locations situated in several states back east including Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida to name a few. I had the pleasure of visiting the Columbus Ohio location and while there ate about 25 wings in various varieties, my favorite being the “Golden Garlic.”
Now allow me to focus on what was the highlight of my dining experience – the memorabilia. Not only did Quaker Steak & Lube have motor sports memorabilia all over the place such as hubcaps, old gas pumps, signs and the like, they had actual cars on lifts, hanging from the ceiling and even mounted on the walls. Don’t believe the last statement? Let the following pictures convince you.
No you’re not seeing things – that is a dragster hanging upside down
A hanging sprint car
Jeff Gordon’s # 24
An old Yamaha motorcycle
Old Triumph motorcycle
A mini motorcycle
This is a drivable car, indicated by small puddle of oil leaking under motor
This old Vette sat directly above our table
No I did not tilt the camera – that is an old Vette mounted on the wall. Crazy!
If you love cars and bikes and are ever back east, make sure you find a Quaker Steak & Lube an pay them a visit. Not only do they have great food but you will be treated to a very unique dining experience.