The Quick Lube Cafe
Posted in the Latrobe Forum
#1 Feb 11, 2013
Who would go for a coffee to a place called, "The Lube Cafe"?
I know, I'd go in a heartbeat.
What if the cafe' had car parts and muscle cars sitting around?
What if the cars rotated on a monthly basis?
What is the coffee was as thick as the oil?
What if there were coffee drinks called:
-----The Big Lube
-----The Old Greasy Lube
and so on...
Awe c'mon, it would be a big hit. Nothing in Latrobe has "edge". The Lube Cafe would have an edge.
And on Friday nights, in the middle of the shop, a band could perform and the garage doors could be opened in the summer and the warm night air would hold the smell of the coffee, the oil, the weeds along the Loyalhanna, and the lightening bugs would float in the air...
It would be cool...
#2 Feb 11, 2013
Why dont you go stand on the railroad tracks?
#3 Feb 11, 2013
Would you buy a cappucino from the Quick Lube Cafe if I did?
#4 Feb 12, 2013
Why don't you start it with your life savings?
#5 Feb 12, 2013
It's been done.
#6 Feb 12, 2013
They could build another "Love Toys" next to it.
#7 Feb 12, 2013
The L & L Quick Lube is aleady there, near the mighty Loyalhanna, and adjacent to the new and mighty ugly "modern" WCCC building.
Quick Lube could build a little coffee shack right alongside its lube shop -- and make a killing off of the WCCC students.
And, it could sell parking, at higher rates than Latrobe charges, for the convenience and the fact that the student WILL NEVER risk a ticket.
I hope Jim figures out ways to squueze more profit out of WCCC's arrival.
#8 Feb 12, 2013
Which business would ya go to first?
The Quick Lube Cafe or Love Toys?
That could turn into quite a conundrum...
#9 Feb 12, 2013
Not in sleepy little Latrobe...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz z
#10 Feb 12, 2013
Just what I want is a cup of coffee that tastes like a quart of Penzoil. WTF.
#11 Feb 12, 2013
Coffee that tastes like Penzoil would be the equivalent of all Latrobeans loving pee-water beer, oops I meant Rolling Rock beer, over the years...
Ya know, Jim runs a sound stage/DJ company. He really could open a cafe', have music on weekends, and serve the WCCC students, too.
#12 Feb 12, 2013
I believe the coffee shop on Route 30 tried to do that with the BIG college and it did not succeed. I believe that business closes early and the weekends because there was nobody there. You are idealizing a town that is not Latrobe, it is Berkeley, where students, culture, and small businesses, thrive and survive. Where there is money and people who are interested in that sort of life style, that is why those people choose to live there and go to school there.
I think the dream is nice I just don't see it transferring to Latrobe, where most of the young people have to leave after college to get jobs if they don't know somebody in the good-ole-boy network and where you yourself have pointed out most of the population is poor or receiving some kind of welfare. Those folks usually don't choose quaint coffee shops, they choose, beer and cigarettes, or maybe that's my stereotypical attitude again.
#13 Feb 12, 2013
I have to say, when the Coffee Bean opened in Latrobe, on Route 30, I was impressed. He'd clearly hired a designer, and put some thought and money into it.
Just this past December, when I was in Latrobe, I learned that Cafe Bean now closes early and really early on weekends. I was saddened.
But, here's the thing.
You mentioned Berkeley, a small, wealthy, walkable town of only 90,000 people and corporate headquarters and of course, of my alma mater and Nobel Prize winners and world-class scientists and educators.
(Yes, that was me having fun...)
Cafe' Bean failed, because it was not adjacent to anything, nor part of anything.
Had that optomestrist/owner opened on the St. Vincent campus, requiring Latrobeans to drive there, well, Cafe' Bean would be THRIVING today.
When a person attends an event at St. V., there's no where to go for a cup of joe after the event!
Sorry, but driving around in cars, in the snow, to get to Route 30, is not fun...
I'm surprised by your post.
Again, I hear defeatism in it.
This is why Latrobe will fail at Revitilization.
There are ways to turn around a small town, but it takes -- a change in mentality, and it's like no one in Latrobe wants to change, in an effort to recreate the town.
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