Carhop service followed by a drive-in movie doesn't sounds like a bad night in 2020 (or 1950)
Drive-in restaurants with carhop service, in which servers rush food from the kitchen directly to your car window, were a staple in 1950s American culture, especially in California, where large parking lots and neon signs attracted drivers to stop for a meal. Now they're making a comeback, offering a unique and nostalgic dining option for those who want to eat outside of the house while still being safe and adhering to social distancing.
For some restaurants, it was an easy change once businesses were forced to adapt to life under lockdown this spring. Mel's Drive-In and Bob's Big Boys in California both used to offer carhop service in the 1950s and have brought it back this month, serving fans in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Thanks to large parking lots, it’s been easy for Mel’s to transition back to carhop service. Customers drive up, place their order and then servers attach trays to the car windows to deliver burgers, shakes and more. In order to ensure safety, servers also wear gloves, sanitize payment options, and bags of food are stapled shut or enclosed in to-go containers.