Sunday, February 10, 2008
Soda Fountain in San Antonio
I love old soda fountains. They are historic treasures, and provide a
snapshot of the way things used to be.
See our new special feature on the Star Drug Store in Galveston.
On a recent business trip to San Antonio, we decided to stop in at the Olmos Soda Fountain, which still makes malts and shakes the old fashioned way. From checking their one page website for hours (7:00am - 5:00pm), we thought we had plenty of time when we walked in on a Saturday at 4:32 and sat at a booth. To our surprise, we were told that they had shut down the kitchen for the day. It appeared like they were getting it ready for the evening, when it turns into a bar. So to at least salvage our out-of-the-way visit to get there from across town, we decided to order some shakes. No luck. We were 2 minutes too late. Forget what the website said. Apparently, the restaurant has forgotten the first rule of service, which is the customer is always right. That's unfortunate, because it needs all the positive publicity it can get.