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First Ford’s Garage Restaurant At Blue Oval Dealership Enjoying Booming Business

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Ford’s Garage – a restaurant franchise loaded with Blue Oval memorabilia – has been around since 2012, though the chain’s Dearborn location didn’t open until 2017. And it wasn’t until six months ago that a Ford’s Garage restaurant opened at an actual Ford dealership – Bozard Ford Lincoln in St. Augustine, Florida. But despite that short time span, the Ford’s Garage restaurant at Bozard is already serving a whopping 6,000 diners a week.

Jeff King, vice president and general manager at Bozard Ford Lincoln, visited the Ford’s Garage at the automaker’s headquarters, which gave him the idea to open one at the dealership. The restaurant opened last September, and in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, business has thrived to the point that other dealerships are looking to open locations of their own.

“We’re getting significant interest from dealers around the country,” Marc Brown, chairman of the board and a founding member of Ford’s Garage, told the Detroit Free Press. “While we have no current conversations with dealers in Michigan, I believe that’s ultimately coming. It’s our plan and we will execute a significant expansion throughout Michigan. We want to work with local Ford dealers to the extent we can.”

“Jeff tracked me down and found me,” Brown added. “His vision, passion, enthusiasm has been off the charts incredible. It’s greatly exceeded our expectations, the sales volume. We’re probably doing 30% more volume than I anticipated. This deal has certainly opened our eyes to great potential.”

While it makes a ton of sense to open a Ford’s Garage on the same premises as a Ford dealer, King stresses that the two businesses are still their own separate entities. “The restaurant has its own parking space out front. Nobody from our company is going to whistle at you and say, ‘We have F-150s for no money down.’ If you went to a restaurant and walked out with a business card stuck under your windshield, you would not come back. We realized from the very beginning, that was a thing.”

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Comments

  1. Stephen Ketterer

    Democrat communists surely will hate this.

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    1. Fred Mertz

      Why on earth would Democrat communists hate a restaurant any more than Republican nazi would?
      That statement just makes no sense to me.

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      1. royl

        Your reply is as/more stupid than the one you replied to….

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        1. Rick

          I dunno man, they both seem pretty even on the stupid side of thing.

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  2. Thurston Munn

    That is really cool !!! Love it !!

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  3. Jean-Francois Rivard

    Interesting Idea. I would certainly visit if there was one nearby. The craft beer feature makes it even cooler, looks like a fun place to hang-out with friends and family.

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  4. Ryan

    Very cool, I wonder what the impact on the dealership is? I would think it surely increases traffic through the showroom, kids wanting to go look at the Mustang after dinner and such. Fantastic idea, I would go. Went to one by Tampa and it was very nice. Would be fun to grab a beer while your oil is getting changed.

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  5. Wade

    I’ve ate at one in Orlando. Very cool place and the food is actually really good! Hopefully this catches on.

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  6. SkipGlide

    Almost as fun as a Hooters next to a Harley Dealer. 🙂

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  7. Mick1

    Be careful what you ask for. There goes the free coffee and doughnuts.

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  8. Mike says..

    It’s way cool…. just doesn’t make any sense at a dealership. FORD sells automobiles. Maybe as a standalone, but really, Ford needs this as much as they need the likes of APPLE building their own car…… or maybe Mircrosoft! Just sayin….

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  9. Richard F Klima

    I worked at an electronics dealer that was next door to a restaurant. Mostly, we got lookers that wasted our time and had to clean up the toothpicks dropped on the floor. We called them tooth pickers and tire kickers.

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  10. Mr Gary

    We would certainly go if there was one here in Richmond. But I wonder why some people have to put politics in everything. Please stop! 😁😊

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