Gourmet Station Chalkboard and Bathroom Inspire its Guests

You wouldn't expect a small, hidden cafe on Biscayne and 76th to be a place of lofty idealistic thought. But with its quote-filled chalkboard and bookish bathroom, Gourmet Station inspires its guests.

The wall that divides the kitchen and seating area is a chalkboard

replete with quotes from Mahatma Gandhi, Pablo Neruda, Jane Austen, Buddha, St.

Augustine, and the Book of Exhortations. The idea came

from owner Salvador Castillo's personal love of literature.

More practically, customers complained of an undivided kitchen and

seating area, so the chalkboard solved the problem.

This mural of wisdom has been a hit with diners, who have contributed

about ten percent of its quotes -- the remainder comes from

Castillo's readings. Countless customers of all ages have complimented the restaurant owner for the idea and have even taken

snapshots with their cell phones. The Jane Austen quote "What

dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of

inelegance" is a hit with girls, according to Castillo.

Now he plans to erase the current quotes, which cover an eclectic

range of themes, and put up ones that deal with

spirituality and self-discovery. He will change the theme, which he develops with his sister Marcela, every three

months. Something else they

plan to pursue in the future: poetic verse.

The bathroom is also popular with customers, who expect a regular

"bathroom in the back" and are pleasantly surprised by the wall of

pinned-up books. Customers tend not to read the books but rather to note

the decor's creativity. Short Order urges bathroom users to gain

knowledge while relieving themselves.

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

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