Performance Plus Quick Lube's team of trained technicians is well-versed in the most common oil myths and uses that knowledge during regular oil changes to transform coughing engines into efficient, long-lasting, high-performance car-hearts. After expunging the contaminated sludge from the engine’s crankcase, the Performance pit crew enlists up to five quarts of Quaker State Enhanced Durability synthetic blend motor oil for a three-month (or 3,000-mile) tour of lubrication duty that eases piston pounding and traps engine dirt in suspended animation. Once they've installed a new oil filter, they'll top off the car's coolant, power steering fluid, and umbrella drink.
Danny Boy recognizes the power of nostalgia. Having grown up in the golden age of drive-ins, he believes in the simple joy people can gain from cuddling with a date or gathering with their family in the comfort of their own car while traveling to worlds onscreen. Even as indoor theaters hold their ground and online streaming threatens to take more movies out of the outdoors, he's determined not to let drive-ins fade away.
Danny Boy's Drive-In is marked by classic elements: a gigantic screen, a dusk showtime, FM radio soundtracks, and a concession stand known for its milkshakes and chili dogs. He plays double features of Hollywood blockbusters, and his staff demonstrates a helpful attitude that was more common in decades past. They provide twine for holding trunk doors at roof-height, and bring jumper cables to charge dead car batteries or flat sodas. Yet Danny Boy has made some updates as well. Guests can bring their own food from home with the purchase of a snack permit, and Danny will tweet out announcements when his lot reaches its (sizable) capacity.
At Double R Ranch, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders tromp across its trails, nestled next to a gentle, undulating river. Meanwhile elsewhere on the property, golfers take to a nine-hole course that sprawls alongside the ranch?s campgrounds. Families can spend an afternoon or several days taking in the verdant surroundings, where land activities such as hayrides and volleyball games meet water activities in the form of canoeing, tubing, and fishing. Overnight guests can set up camp in one of more than 100 campsites or stretch out in an A-frame chalet that boasts an electric stove, a coffeemaker, and nature?s alarm clock: a bird singing cheerily as it constructs a new split-level nest.
When it came time for him to break out on his own, Riccardo Biella chose not to go very far. After 10 years of working in his family?s restaurants, he opened Olivera?s in 2002, melding the cuisines of Italy and the United States and adding some Mexican touches, in a cavernous space framed by exposed stone and dark brown wainscoting. Pasta dishes with house-made sauce slide onto tables alongside steak and seafood entrees, and pizzas roll into strategically placed and propped-open laptop bags to deliver kalamata olives, feta, bacon, and baby spinach. Signature burritos come drenched in spiced sauce that's made from scratch and paired with sides of sour cream and house made salsa.
Sports games flash across the faces of a smattering of flat-screen televisions, arranged so that almost every seat in the house has a good view of the NBA slam-dunk contest or the NFL touchdown dance-off.