153: Roman Drive-Throughs

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153: Roman Drive-Throughs

Here we all thought the drive-thru window was something new and innovative. And it was…in Pompeii in 79AD. Back in the day the Romans and Greeks and probably other large civilizations had walk up restaurants that catered to busy citizens. We dive into the cool history of thermapolia and early fast food.

(FYI thermapolia is plural and thermapolium is singular. Gotta love that Latin)

An undated photo made shows the thermopolium in the Pompeii archeological park.—AP

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