Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a History test, with cars!
This week’s question is: When and where was the first drive-in restaurant opened?
If you know the answer, make the jump to see if you are correct. But you better car hop to it.
Kirby’s Pig Stand was America’s first drive-in restaurant, opened by Jessie G. Kirby and Reuben Jackson in September 1921, in Dallas, Texas.
The Pig Stand offered pulled pork sandwiches and a soft-drink, or even a Bud, to drivers who, as founder Kirby was keen to observe, were too lazy to get out of their cars to eat.
And another interesting fact from fhsbuffs:
In 1921 the Pig Stand made its debut in Dallas, with its tasty Pig Sandwiches that remain a favorite today. It was also during this time that young men, in an effort to serve all customers and avoid traffic jams, would jump on the running boards of cars, take the food orders and return as soon as possible with the meal. Thus, the term “carhop” originated!
So, not only did The Pig Stand create the first Drive-in restaurant, they also invented the term Car Hop. Here’s a picture of the Pig Stand near Hollywood and Vine in 1927, and on a night when the hops must have been hopping.