Lexus Centre of Escondido - Vintana Wine + DineEnlarge Photo
A growing number of auto dealers across the country are going out of their way to do more than simply provide a waiting room for customers while their cars are serviced. Witness the wide variety of these few examples of in-dealership restaurants, cafes, espresso bars and more. Some even have an on-site hair salon, boutique, even a putting green.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner at the car dealership? As these photos clearly show, it’s more than just a way to pass the time.
Vintana Wine + Dine
Located on the Penthouse level (third floor) of the Lexus Centre of Escondido, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA (760) 745-777, Vintana Wine + Dine offers picturesque views of the town and countryside and a modern take on California cuisine with culinary creations by chef/partner Deborah Scott.
Lunch: daily from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., dinner: nightly from 5:00 p.m., and social hour: daily from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Vintana Wine + Dine also has more than 20,000 square feet of banquet space for special events.
Frank Kent Honda - Twin Creeks CafeEnlarge Photo
Twin Creeks Café
Located inside the Frank Kent Honda dealership in Fort Worth, Texas, Twin Creeks Café offers lunch and early dinner daily. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., weekdays and Saturdays. 3400 W. Loop 820 S., Fort Worth, TX (817) 244-9600
Rick Case Honda - cafe
Rick Case Honda - cafeEnlarge Photo
Rick Case Honda
Another Honda dealership sporting a café on the premises is Rick Case Honda, a six-story operation in Davie, Florida with 1,500 cars under the showroom lights.
Rick Case Honda - barbershopEnlarge Photo
LaFontaine Cadillac - Ooh-la-la Bistro CafeEnlarge Photo
Ooh-la-la Bistro Café
Grab a bite at the Ooh-la-la Bistro Café inside LaFontaine Cadillac, 4000 West Highland Rd., Highland, MI (866) 599-5883. Or get your nails and hair done at the salon. Be sure to check out the boutique as well.
Friendly Chevrolet - Corvette CafeEnlarge Photo
Friendly Chevrolet in Dallas, Texas, located off I-35 and Inwood Road serves up some tasty fare at the Corvette Café. Stop by for an early morning breakfast (7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.) or lunch (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) while your car is being serviced. Hearty American cuisine and homemade desserts served six days a week. 2574 N. Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX (888) 56-FRIENDLY
Fowler Honda - Cafe del SolEnlarge Photo
Café del Sol
I you happen to be in Norman, Oklahoma and need service for your Honda, check out Café del Sol while you wait. There you can dine on everything from steaks and burgers, to Reubens, club sandwiches, salads or pastries, desserts and espresso. 955 N. Interstate Dr., Norman, OK (866) 282-6577
Galpin Ford - The Horseless CarriageEnlarge Photo
The Horseless Carriage
The Horseless Carriage restaurant opened in 1966 as America’s first in-dealership full-service restaurant. Located in Galpin Ford, 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, CA, The Horseless Carriage is a clubby, American coffee shop offering a diverse menu, from Belgian waffles and Eggs Benedict to filet mignon, lobster and more. Open daily 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Galpin - StarbucksEnlarge Photo
Need a hot latte or cappuccino? The Galpin Premier Collection (Volvo, Jaguar, Lincoln) 15500 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys, CA, has a full-service Starbucks on the premises – the first-ever full-service Starbucks to open in a dealership.
Know of any other car dealerships with cool restaurants or cafes on-site? Let us know in the comments section below.