Thursday, May 21, 2009

frank lloyd arby's

I'm graduating today, so here's something not serious.

I went on a family vacation to Virginia Beach last weekend and, on the way back, we stopped at an Arby's in Richmond. I've always wanted an Arby's in East County (the closest one that I know of is in Beltsville at Route 1 and Sunnyside Avenue). Now I really want an Arby's that looks like it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Truly, this is the Unity Temple of fast-food.

Check out this photoset for more pictures.

There aren't any bright lights or overhead menus here. Inside, it feels like you're in a real restaurant - or, at least, at an "upscale" fast-food place like Cosi or Panera Bread.

The restaurant cops a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright trademarks, from the geometric pattern on the (fake) stained glass windows to the tall-backed chairs.

I'm not sure how Wright would have felt about the murals, but the wallpaper is close to the Cherokee red he loved to use.

12 comments:

Melanie said...

That's awsome. This is the kind of thing that get's uptight architects in a tizzy, but it's excellent. There is so much work for an architect out there even if it isn't all Bilbao museums as schools would have you think.

hockeypunk said...

congrats on graduating, dan! terps 4 life!

Sligo said...

Almost as cool as this.

Thomas Hardman said...

Congratulations on graduation, Mr Reed, Sir! ;)

If you get around to playing with that Slackware disk and can't find what you need on the info website, let me know.

Meanwhile, I do believe you should go take a week or so off to party like mad, just stay safe, K pls thx!

Dr. F. said...

There's also the okey-doke Arby's in Laurel on Rte. 1 @198. Hope you got to check out Sonic down there in VA Bch.

Jacob said...

It doesn't look anywhere near as nice, but there's one in the food court at Wheaton Plaza

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Congratulations, Dan!

hugs from a fellow Terp

Cyndy said...

From one graduating Terp to another, Congratulations!

C. P. Zilliacus said...

Congrats in graduating from an old Terp (Class of 1980).

Kay said...

I'd like to see the FLW Arbies the next time I'm near Richmond. Can you post the address or how to get to it, please.

Dan Reed said...

Kay,

The Frank Lloyd Arby's is, in fact, located catty-corner from a Sonic (which we stopped at going down to Virginia Beach). You can find them both at the intersection of Routes 1 and 656 just north of Richmond, or exit 86B on I-95.

Cary Lamari said...

Congratulations my friend, Now the challenges begin. Both my kids were terps, son graduated law school 2 weeks ago and My daughter will graduate College Park next year. Your generation has so much to look forward to, I envy you. smiles