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Meal Ticket

Restaurateurs put movie tickets on the menu.

This story appears in the November 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There's only one way to describe it: It's diner theater. That's our take, anyway, on restaurateurs Bambi-Lynn and Coy Ramsey's novel notion of selling movie tickets to the patrons of their diner.

"I thought it was a neat idea," says Bambi-Lynn Ramsey, 39, explaining why Simpson's Diner in Houston, which the couple recently sold, began offering customers tickets to a nearby cinema last November. "I thought that if we could provide movie tickets at the diner, people wouldn't be in such a rush to eat."

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