The drive-in restaurant opened July 8, 1940 in Cape Girardeau. Our librarian, Sharon Sanders, found this information in the Southeast Missourian archive that was published July 9, 1940:
New Establishment Has Fine Opening
The Park-N-Eat, 2300 West Broadway which opened for business Monday night, had 1,000 paid customers the first seven hours of its operation, according to the owner and manager, G.M. Campbell. The building, a circular affair, is modernistic in design and the interior, finely finished, is lighted at night with the new fluorescent type of illumination.
The establishment, featuring short orders and refreshments, has 12 employees, seven working on the exterior as waitresses and five employed inside the building. The structure is located in the center of a one-acre tract of ground, on which other improvements are to take place later. Additional exterior lighting effects are to be installed on the building as soon as equipment arrives.
An advertisement for the business includes:
Drive out today, order your favorite sandwich, choice of fountain or bottle drink, and have it served by our curb girls in the comfort of your own car. Use the tables in our smart circular cafe room if you prefer.
No obstructions--you get full benefit of every breeze. Open every day until midnight.