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Gas Station White Linen Restaurant – Coming Soon

The waitstaff here wears black, the waiters wear ties, the food and service is not what one might expect in a gas station. Customers can attend wine tastings and wine or pairing dinners here. Pairing dinners offer diners a chance to experience a different wine with each course of five-course meal Just to keep everyone grounded, […]

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Would you like a car with that pizza? NACS Magazine March 2016

Lincoln, NE – I love people who think outside the box. It’s why I love doing the Gas Station Gourmet. I’ve seen a lot of things out there. When I found that Mike Anderson had a convenience store in his Ford dealership I was completely hooked on this story. He owns owns five automobile dealerships […]

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Bourbon St. Deli & Shop Rite

LOUISIANA – The Bayou State is known for great fishing, hunting and of course Mardi Gras, but year-round, folks are all about the food. Bourbon St. Delis are located in 17 of the 38 Shop Rite locations. This is a must-stop for great Cajun food.  Of course, it’s in a gas station. That’s why I’m here. […]

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2015 NACS Magazine Stories – Thanks to Everyone

I’m humbly grateful to the creative people in these stores for taking the time to let me peak inside. They take risks, work hard and have stories that continue to fascinate me. They’re cooking some of the best food in America. Next time you fuel up, take a walk from the pump to the store. […]

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Pulled Pork Sundae – Real Convenient Food

Schaeffer’s Corner Market, Ruff’s Dale, PA – Have you ever been in the car & thought, “I’d love pulled pork. It’s going to be a mess to eat in the car”? Krist Ranker & the folks at Schaeffer’s Corner Market in Ruff’s Dale, PA didn’t take their thinking caps off for the Thanksgiving Holiday. They […]

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NACS Magazine – November Issue -Schaeffer’s Corner Market

Ruff’s Dale, PA – Schaeffer’s Corner Market – I profile this store in the current issue of NACS Magazine. The donut-croissant hybrid caught my attention. It’s called a cronut. Kris Ranker creates unique menu items with the cronut. Check out the story in NACS Magazine.  

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NACS Magazine – October Issue

 Bismarck, North Dakota – Horizon Market has a lot to like. When you need bread or milk, it doesn’t get more convenient than a drive-thru window. Horizon’s Cup O’Snack makes snacking as easy as drinking a beverage. Casey Clement & his team have a real commitment to the community. They use the Horizon food truck to […]


New Spin on Boneless Chicken

Mouton Cove, Louisiana –   One of the things I love about doing the Gas Station Gourmet has to be running across the creative marketing of famliar items.  Here’s a great idea from deep in the marshes of South Louisiana.  Not long before you drive straight into the Gulf of Mexico you’ll drive by a small […]

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NACS MAGAZINE- August – Fruitville Texaco & Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse

Sarasota, FL – The fried chicken at Fruitville Texaco has gotten a lot of attention from the Florida media.  It’s crazy good and there is a secret. Owner, Steve Stottlemyer knew customers could not get enough of his food. So, he decided to expand his food program with the best barbecue around and serve it […]

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NACS MAGAZINE – June – Lawhon’s Grocery

North Fort Myers, FL – Lawhon’s Grocery & Meat Market is my kind of place.  It’s big on food, big on service, big on creativity, but it’s small, rural and family owned. My old buddy, Keith Perrin suggested I check this place out for a story. He was spot on. Richard Lawhon owned a grocery […]


Bringing the Community Inside Your Store

CENTRAL EXPRESS CASHTON (Cashton, WI)  – This is great for the kids. It’s great for the store. If you’ve heard me speak or read my stories, one of the most important things independently owned  c-stores can do is to be part of their community. A good start is to bring the community into your store. I […]