Courtney Koga, owner of Provisions Kitchen which operates out of Kettle River Brewing, recently started a Saturday drive-in style service for customers and thinks this retro way of dining may just be the way of the future.
"It gets people out and about in a special way. We call it the ‘original curbside pick-up... There’s no contact, you just pull up, it’s all pre-order, pre-pay and we run it out, put it in your hood and we even include a little list of nearby places where you can go enjoy it,” said Koga, who owns CrAsian Food Truck and BoxcAr at BNA Brewing with her sister Meiko and chef Brock Bowes.
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“We run one burger combo each week for the set $16 and you can add beer on to it if you like as you can do the takeaway liquor which is nice,” she said.
They’re also bringing back menu items from the food truck.
“We’ve done spicy fried chicken sandwiches, things we used to serve when we were open,” she said.
Koga hasn’t seen any other drive-in diners springing up around the city, but believes they’re in a unique position with a small business that has low overhead costs. They don’t have to deal with the same amount costs as operating a large restaurant which has to run at near capacity to break-even, she said.
“For us little guys it’s worked out OK. We’ve been quite fortunate,” she said.
They don’t have drive-in trays, but a friend did send a few links to purchase some online.
“Who knows? Maybe that will be the next step?” Koga said.
The drive-in runs from 12 to 8 p.m. every Saturday at Kettle River Brewing. To find out more information and to see the changing menu options, visit the company’s Facebook page.
This story was originally published April 9. It was updated April 10 to include Brock Bowes as a partner.
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