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National Drive-Thru Day

National Drive-Thru Day

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - The first drive-thru was pioneered in the U.S. for banking services in the 1930's.

"I think it's one of those deals like on a hot summer day like today, I mean, you try to stay in your car and keep it cool and things like that, but  on a daily basis you see more traffic in the drive thru more than you would in the lobby," Aaron Padilla from the Bank and Trust, says. 

The idea has since then been used for more than just banks  including restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacies, and much more.

"You know in the busy lives of everybody's days, in the short time you have outside of work, if you're working you're always looking for those opportunities to get in and get out and the drive thru is definitely the way to go with that," Padilla says. 

The first drive-thru restaurant opened back in 1947 in Springfield, Missouri. Now there are more than 211,000 fast food restaurants in the United States.

The General Manager of Raising Cane's, Trace Moring, says their drive-thru sees a little over 2,000 cars weekly.

"Here at Cane's we serve one thing and we want to do that one thing because we want to be the best at it. We want to be fast and efficient, so even if we have a long line or anything like that we get people thru," Moring says.

Padilla says drive-thru's have become event more convenient during his day to day routines, especially after becoming a parent.

"Definitely, if I have a car full of kids, yes, definitely I'm going to use the drive-thru just cause that's easier we can get home and have our dinner there," Padilla says.

Padilla also says although the drive-thru is the popular choice when people are in a hurry, there are also those who like to come inside and visit when they can. 

"And then you have those customers that want to come in and have a cup of coffee and converse with you and stuff like that. It's something I definitely will say  you will continue to see that trend of more people utilizing the drive-thru than in the lobby," Padilla says.

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