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I would love to see the return of the buffet, I love eating here at Grannys, I always thought their food tasted better for some reason.

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Nice spotlight, I remember Granny in the rocking chair. One side of Gingerbread Fancy was used as a boarding area for the Hayride for a few years and one year the porch had animatronic skeletons for a little preshow that you watched while waiting in the queue.

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Interesting spotlight on an interesting building. Even after reading dozens of these spotlights, I'm still amazed by how much information and how many photos each of them provides. They all make me want to visit the park even more :)

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I've always liked the look and lights of "Gingerbread Fancy". In an area of the park that seems engulfed in darkness (or worse, xenon lighting), it stands out and commands my attention with its incandescent beauty. As for the buffet, they can keep it. That food isn't worth $14, or even $8. It's a shame this facility is wasted serving sub-par pedestrian food. I'd sooner take the trip to KFC on 537 even if the prices were higher.

 

Great Adventure desperately needs a table service restaurant, and this facility would be a perfect test bed. Sadly, the food service department is either not equipped to furnish such an operation, or lacks the leadership initiative to try. A well run, table service facility served with HIGH QUALITY food (even at a further premium price) is a potential gold mine. Sadly, nobody running Six Flags (including the Premier Parks people I so adore to the annoyance of many here*) has tried this at the park.

 

(Said partially tongue-in-cheek, hoping people find some self-deprecating humor and not interpreting it as an insult to anyone)

 

I should add I always love the GAH Spotlights (including this one). This site never disappoints.

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What about the Granny Character? I might remember her from going there as a toddler... Otherwise she probably was just at the seaport or something.

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I would like to see some new "LED" lighting on this as well. With all those bulbs it has to use alot of electric with standard bulbs. Nice Spotlight as always.

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LED lights would be a great upgrade for that bldg, its one of my favorite structures in the park too, As a kid thats where my family always went to eat and i have alot of good memories there!

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You didn't mention the disgusting smell in the restaurant - what is that smell? It smells like cleaning fluid, but I'm not sure. My friend's father who's worked at the park since it opened said that it's always smelled like that.

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I don't know if you guys noticed, but they had the outside lights on! It looked REALLY great. I almost ate there - but as soon as I walked in, I took one whiff and walked out. The food smelled pretty good, but nothing else did.

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Agree! Ive always thought more of a cross over between that and The Crystal Room at Tavern on the Green. And Do do wish that would make it over into a full service sit down. the room is there in the back they built enough space for a full service kitchen..

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Just curious why GA never thought it was worth trying a full sit-down restaurant. And I assume the dining pass could not be used if they did convert to this format.

 

I'd estimate the cost for a family of four would be in the order of $100 to eat dinner there. So I would think the profit margin would be significant.

 

Do they not have the type of trained staff to work and manage a sit-down restaurant?

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I think it's one of those things they just never found there was a market for at the park. Even from the beginning Warner LeRoy saw it more of a take-out picnic thing than a sit down experience.

 

He did a Tavern on the Green Picnic food truck back in the 1970's:

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I think it's one of those things they just never found there was a market for at the park. Even from the beginning Warner LeRoy saw it more of a take-out picnic thing than a sit down experience.

 

He did a Tavern on the Green Picnic food truck back in the 1970's:

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isn't there some type of food truck event upcoming?

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Just curious why GA never thought it was worth trying a full sit-down restaurant. And I assume the dining pass could not be used if they did convert to this format.

 

I'd estimate the cost for a family of four would be in the order of $100 to eat dinner there. So I would think the profit margin would be significant.

 

Do they not have the type of trained staff to work and manage a sit-down restaurant?

 

I think a big issue right now is that they don't have enough staff. They can't even staff the food locations they have now. (And it's not because they cut staffing, they literally can't find enough employees)

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