Friday, July 3, 2009

FOODIE FRIDAY for July 3, 2009


So there's this restaurant, Johnny Rockets, that I pass on my way to and from movie screenings, which I occasionally attend as part of my job. In my head, I've started calling its employees "the Johnny Rockets Scientists"--sarcastically, of course--for the reasons I'm about to point out. (This place frequently has screwily-written signs in the window, but often I'm in too much of a rush to snap a picture. This time, however, I made the time.)

The first thing I noticed was the spelling error, and I got a good chuckle out of that. But then I saw the phrase "outside patio seating," and I knew that the Department of Redundancy Department must have helped with writing this sign. I mean, really--where the hell else would you put a patio besides outside? Are there indoor patios that I'm not aware of? And do you have to pay for this extra special "outside patio seating"? There's a dollar sign to the left of it...

Happy Friday, everyone. I hope the weather stays nice enough this weekend for you to enjoy a burger on one of those new-fangled outdoor patios... ;)

12 comments:

michael said...

Well, I suppose a "sun room" could be considered an indoor patio. walled or screened in, but floor-to-ceiling windows all around. But I wouldn't pay extra for it!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hmmm, good point. :) And yeah, I wouldn't pay extra to sit there, either!

EVula said...

Johnny Rockets is the very embodiment of poor grammar, since every time I see the name I think there should be an apostrophe in there somewhere.

However, this sign is ridiculous. I don't think the manager understands what a "manager's special" is supposed to be...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Oh, good, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks "Rockets" should be apostrophized!

This manager, and/or his or her underlings, is clearly incompetent when it comes to writing and marketing. Sigh.

EVula said...

Yeah, it certainly doesn't make me want to eat there (though, admittedly, I've *never* eaten at a Johnny Rockets, though I had several friends in high school that worked at the local one).

Somehow, I think I've lived a fairly full life despite that otherwise crippling loss. :)

LadyStyx said...

Inside or outside today ma'am?

Outside. Good. Now would you like to sit in the patio or somewhere off to the side in the grass?

So they have inside patio, outside patio and straight up inside seating but no plain ol' outside seating? It's discrimination, I'm tellin ya!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ EVula: I've never eaten there, either. And now I'm afraid that id I *do* go in there to eat, the stupidity in that place might be contagious...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: LOLOLOLOL!

Yours Truly said...

I am stuck on these exclusive savings that are now available...sorry, AVALIABLE. What are these savings? Where can I get them? Are they on the outside patio? TELL ME!!!!!!!

Oh well...I guess they are too exclusive to share with the public.

Bridgete said...

Add me to the list of people who think Johnny Rockets should have an apostrophe somewhere.

In Boston, a lot of the restaurants on the waterfront have these funky plastic things that they can put up around the patio during random summer rainstorms. Or, this summer...not so random. I'd like to give Mother Nature a swift kick in the butt right about now. Anyway, I suppose if the funky plastic thing is up you're sort of "inside". ;)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Yours Truly: Well, we've found one thing that Johnny Rockets employees are actually skilled at: Being vague! :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: I'm sick of this damn rain, too. It makes walking in stilettos from my car to the front door of my office building rather treacherous!