Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"When Possible, Make a Legal U-Turn"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 8:36 AM

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I spend enough money in local restaurants not to want to spend an extra $100 to upgrade the DVD that Toyota is currently trying to sell me for my in-car GPS system. But I think I might have to.

With all the recent openings and closings of new establishments, the dining information is the most obsolete part of my entire navigation system. What was once a very handy way to find places to eat within easy driving distance has turned into a graveyard tour. In actuality, applications like Yelp and Urban Spoon have for the most part taken the place of "Maggie" my Camry's Magellan system. Except we're not supposed to be using our phones while we're driving, right? Right?

There's an interesting story on Flyte's website about the quirkiness of using GPS navigation to find a restaurant. Apparently, Scott Sears, one of the owners of Flyte registered the original corporation at his home address while the partners spent two years working on their business plan and crafting their concept. Unfortunately this means that vehicles with GPS systems from before 2007 will lead you to Scott's living room if you go looking for Flyte. As accommodating a fellow as he is, he probably won't be able to cook you dinner for six if you drop by since he'll probably be at the restaurant which is at 718 Division Street (click for Google Map).

Dang, it's hard enough to find a good meal without Maggie leading me on a wild goose pâté chase.

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