The Shady Maple Smorgasbord, located in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and run by the Weaver family, can seat 1,200 people at any one time—often with waits of up to an hour—and is closed on Sundays. Their prices range from $9.41 for adult breakfasts on weekdays to $22.25 for adult dinners on Tuesdays (incidentally, seafood night). And discounts abound! Diners 60 and up get 10% off their meals unless they're above the age of 90, and then they receive a 50% discount. The same break is extended to regulars who have recently had gastric bypass surgery, with a Gastric Bypass Card.
Note this isn't a tongue-in-cheek VIP pass—it's an actual discount card for regulars who've had gastric bypass surgery in the last two years, who then receive a 50% discount their first year after surgery and 10% off the second year. You have to provide your date of surgery and the signature of your doctor.
So why the Gastric Bypass Card? Gastric bypass surgery makes you lose weight by making it impossible to eat anywhere near the same amounts of food you did before—which makes going to a smorgasbord a pretty bad deal financially. Fortunately for Pennsylvanians, over one out of four of whom are clinically obese, the Weaver family patriarch believes that you "give the customer quality food and service and you will have a customer for life." Note that while his customer service acumen is sharp as a tack, he's no sucker: you're required to display photo ID every single time you use your Gastric Bypass Card discount.
Commercial: Shady Maple Smorgasbord
· Shady Maple Smorgasbord [Official Site]
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