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The Kitchen Counter Cafe: Fast Food Diet with Friends

Updated on February 3, 2014

A Sample of Some Low Calorie Food Items

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Walk into my cafe and you will see a long granite counter-top in an L shape wrapping around half of the restaurant. There will be small, intimate but sturdy tables with the requisite greenery to make everyone feel like they are in nature. A feature with running water, like a small waterfall dropping into a Koi pond would be in the far corner. The counter top would be covered with mostly pre-packaged fast food items divided into sections according to calories, starting with a few no calorie foods and sauces and ranging up to around 300 calories.

Foods would be things like packaged baby carrots, sliced apples, hard boiled eggs, big dill pickles, 100 calorie bags of chips and cookies, small portions of crackers and cheese, fruit cups, yogurt and many things that can be picked up along the counter, cafeteria style.

Smart Phone with Bar Code Nutrition App


I envision an app which is set up to be used with a smart phone with the nutritional highlights of each food item programmed into a bar code which can be scanned located in front of each food item. The bar code will contain information on calories, carbs, fats, gluten or any item pertinent to current diets. It will be easily scanned with the ability to add and delete items to come up with the perfect diet meal for each individual. It can be set to track just one feature such as calories or could track all the nutritional information. This could be done while walking through the cafeteria line to keep it inexpensive and easy or it could be set up with a scan-able menu at the table with check off sheets that are handed in to a waiter to place your order.

Exercise while you Chat


Some of the tables would be set up with stationary bikes which have been modified to provide comfortable seating and still allow you to pedal while waiting or chatting with friends. Maybe the kind that doesn't have a seat and just fits under the table would be more suitable. Ideally, they would include a calorie counter feature, so those who would like can cycle off the calories from their meal. Although a treadmill would be nice, I don't think that a person dripping sweat or running on a treadmill would work in the cafe.

Natural Decor


A Beautiful Atmosphere with Friends

Half of the problem of being on a diet is that our entertainment tends to be focused around food. Almost every celebration includes food. Wouldn't it be nice, when you are desperately trying to lose weight and someone asks you to go out for lunch to be able to say yes, "Let's go to The Kitchen Counter Cafe". There you would be able to enjoy yourself, eating "your style" and still enjoy the friendship and camaraderie and atmosphere of eating out.

We recently celebrated our son's birthday. We went out to a great Sushi place. The atmosphere was perfect. The place was packed. We had a wonderful time. We spent a lot of money and I gained a pound. Is it not possible to build a fun atmosphere with ambiance without the high cost and weight gain? I believe it is. The crowd that gets 30 minutes to an hour for lunch and wants to spend $5 to $10 would really love a place like this.

Welcome to The Kitchen Counter Cafe.

I imagine this cafe to be the next great franchise possibility. It is said that the average American family eats out at least four to five times a week. Of that same group of people, a huge number are on diets or need to find a lower calorie option for their fast food. We are a Nation who is suffering epidemic obesity. It only makes sense to provide a nutritional fast food option for those who are already going out to eat. Welcome to The Kitchen Counter Cafe. I modified the name slightly as I noticed a Counter Cafe was already opened in Austin.

Would you eat at The Kitchen Counter Cafe?

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    • Lenzy profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you aviannovice. I must have missed your comment earlier. I hope it happens sooner rather than later.

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      4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks Aviannovice. We do need to do something to change our lifestyles and eating habits. I grew up on a meat and potatoes type diet with sweets. Now, it is very difficult to try to love whole fruit rather than doctored up things like a cobbler. This cafe idea is a start for those of us who need to lose weight and still have some social interaction.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good thought. I think many of the restaurants are opting for lower calorie foods, because this country is so obese. It will take a bit of work, but I think we can do something about it.

    • Lenzy profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I think it would be a fun place to eat out. You can tell I have food on the brain as I am trying to lose weight. We ate out at Applebees tonight for Valentine's day and were able to eat off their 550 calorie and under menu, but that was really still too many calories for my diet for one meal. Thanks for the comment, Bill.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Linda, what a great idea. I know of no place like this up here in New England. I think this could work.

    • Lenzy profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you Barbara. I often wish that there was such a place. I would visit there often.

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      4 years ago

      I think you should open this place. Put me on your waiting list!


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