|The new "parking lot cafe" view -- Burger King drive through with cherry trees|
The new Starbucks replaced the old location of Mango Grove (now reopened a few blocks south) with new construction that includes a drive-through lane. This is just south of Rte 175 at Dobbin.
It's a nice coffee shop set between a Wendy's and a Chick-fil-A. Small, but I'm a fan of the communal tables where people can rest, read or even work on a computer. Unlike most Starbucks, the workers included a white-haired woman who kept a rapport with customers: Customer: "I will have a tall blonde." Cashier: "The men all like tall blondes."
There is also a small patio nestled against the building with a prime example of Howard County's indigenous architecture of the "parking lot cafe." At least this weekend, you can sit your coffee with not only a view of your own car, but also the most-beautiful fast food drive through that you'll ever see. \
Check out the pink cherry trees in full bloom. Don't they deserve a haiku?
(Update: I fixed the restaurant name. I thought it was Burger King, but it is apparently a Wendy's.)