A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 24, 2013
Gourmet Gas Station (gourmet food + gas station)

A “gourmet gas station” (gourmet food + gas station) is a place where motorists can get gasoline and have fine dining as well. The term is somewhat awkward—a “gourmet gas station” does not sell “gourmet gas,” although a food joke can be made about certain foods giving one gas.

“Gourmet gas station” has been cited in print since at least 1988. The term became popularized in October 2013, when “Park, pump and pig out at gourmet gas stations” was published in USA Today and “Gourmet Gas Stations Are Perfect Road Trip Stops” was published in The Huffington Post. The website Gas Station Gourmet was trademarked with a first use in January 2006.


Gas Station Gourmet
ABOUT THE GAS STATION GOURMET™
Part travel, mostly food, the Gas Station Gourmet explores America’s undiscovered culinary treasure, gas station food.  High gasoline prices have not slowed down travel. You need fuel and food when on a trip, but most people don’t realize that both can be found in the same place.  Gas station food is more than beef jerky and honey buns.

Al Hebert takes viewers to unique restaurants inside big truck stops and convenience stores.  The show celebrates the great American entrepreneur.  These small business owners have the kind of creativity and personality rarely highlighted on traditional food and travel shows.  Each episode begins with a visit to a gas station.  Viewers get a feel for the personality behind the food.

Google Books
Dealing With Change in the Connecticut River Valley:
A Design Manual for Conservation and Development

By Robert D. Yaro
Amherst, MA: Center for Rural Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
1988
Pg. 66:
The “gourmet gas station” was even written up in Time Magazine, being heralded as the wave of the future in gasoline retailing.

Google News Archive
23 October 1998, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), “Fugazzi: Goal Is To Be Open Dec. 1,” pg. A21, col. 2:
The gourmet gas station concept may be unusual, but it’s workable, said John Rovtar, who is designing the building for Fugazzi,

Google Books
Touring the Sierra Nevada
By Cheryl Angelina Koehler
Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press
2007
Pg. 111:
And then there’s the legendary Tioga Gas Mart (a.k.a. the Gourmet Gas Station) at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Tioga Road (Highway 120).

Twitter
Manny Rubio
‏@mmrubio
@SDEntrepreneur My cuz lives in Independence on 395. Ever been to Gourmet Gas Station? Worth it!! http://www.whoanelliedeli.com/
10:34 AM - 27 Aug 09

Twitter
Beki Ponds †
‏@ZOMGitsBeki
Gourmet gas stations http://twitpic.com/bvclj6
8:49 PM - 14 Jan 13

USA Today
Park, pump and pig out at gourmet gas stations
Sarah Sekula, Special for USA TODAY 12:28 p.m. EDT October 21, 2013
Many things about the Valero gas station in the trendy U Street area of Washington, D.C., are typical. Like the blue dumpster that sits in the corner of the small parking lot, the chewing gum stuck to the asphalt and the orange construction cone that props open the door.

So as you enter the Fast Gourmet convenience store and waltz past the 99-cent Cheez Doodles, the row of Kit Kats and bottles of antifreeze, it’s surprising to find a massive chalkboard hanging high above the cash register. It lists delightful dishes like yellowfin tuna steak, spinach pie and the famous chivito, a tenderloin-and-ham sandwich overflowing with mozzarella, bacon, green olives and hard-boiled eggs.

The Huffington Post
Gourmet Gas Stations Are Perfect Road Trip Stops
By Lisa_Miller
Posted: 10/24/2013 6:56 am EDT | Updated: 10/24/2013 11:38 am EDT
Gourmet gas stations are the greatest oxymorons to ever happen to your road trip.

Just imagine being on the open road, feeling those pangs of hunger and having the choice between a gas-station hot dog and a gas-station maple-leaf duck breast.

(Trademark)
Word Mark GAS STATION GOURMET
Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, an on-going series featuring food provided through webcasts, cable television, and radio broadcasts; Entertainment services, namely, providing a web site featuring photographic, audio, video and prose presentations featuring food; Entertainment services, namely, providing webcasts in the field of food; Providing a website featuring blogs and non-downloadable publications in the nature of articles and recipes in the field of food. FIRST USE: 20060101. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20060101
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 85733877
Filing Date September 20, 2012
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition March 19, 2013
Registration Number 4346065
Registration Date June 4, 2013
Owner (REGISTRANT) Hebert, Al INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 10943 Highway 167 Abbeville LOUISIANA 70510
Attorney of Record Charles J. Boudreaux, Jr.
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Other Data The name “GAS STATION GOURMET” does not identify a living individual.
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

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