Troop Just Installed an Epic Drive-Through Parklet in its Parking Lot

The Olneyville restaurant is organizing its first-ever fried chicken drive-through popup later this month.
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Part of the parklet at Troop, designed by Public Project Artist Amber Dauphinee. Photo from Troop’s Facebook page.

I look at the giant drive-through line at McDonald’s every day with disapproval, but what if local businesses could also tap into this type of convenience? We’ve seen it work with Providence Bagel, which is able to seamlessly shuttle bagel sammies and coffees through its drive-through window to customers who don’t ever have to leave their cars, and they even loan out the space occasionally to other popup food businesses at night. Then there was Chomp Kitchen and Drinks‘ car hop in Warren last spring, which had designated spots for people to pull up in their cars and eat hot food right from their parking spots.

Troop restaurant in Providence is also now tapping into the potential of a drive-through. The Olneyville spot is organizing its first-ever drive-through popup for Thursday, February 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. (no dine-in hours). Troop will feature is popular fried chicken (available for pre-orders ) for drive-through pickup or parklet dining in its parking lot. Each take home box will come with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, braised greens, creamy coleslaw, mac and cheese and biscuits (no substitutions). Guests can also add special extras like choco pudding parfaits, extra sides, a Revival beer mixed four-pack and Audey’s Love Punch (a cocktail featuring Industrious Spirits Company’s vodka). A date-night meal for two is $50 and a family-style feast is $125.

The idea for the drive-through parklet was born out of the popularity for the restaurant’s fried chicken. The restaurant is typically closed on Thursdays, so they decided to give something new a try during these wild times. To build the parklet and hopefully bring more business outdoors, Troop teamed up with the Steel Yard which is producing PVD Cares Outside/ PVD Nos Cuida Afuera kits through a Take it Outside Initiative. The kit Troop received was designed by Public Project Artist Amber Dauphinee, and includes two tents, traffic barriers, lights, extension cords and cord coverings. The Steel Yard hired ten local artists to paint these kits, including Spocka Summa, Casandra Inez, Pablo Young, Nate Nadeu, Tatiana Gomez Gaggero, Jose Menendez, Amber Dauphinee, Tapia Rosario, Quinn Corey and Savonnara Sok. Other businesses can apply for a similar kit here.

How Troop’s parklet/ drive-through works: Choose your package and add-ons by Feb. 11 at trooppvd.com. You will pull up to the drive-thru stand and give the Troop-hop your name, and be directed to a car-hop spot, then you can get your fried chicken order on the spot and never leave your car. Plus, every car will be entered for a chance to win an amazing Valley swag bag.

Here’s to happy carhop dining!

60 Valley St., Providence, 401-473-2900, trooppvd.com

 

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