These days, when camera clicks start in restaurant parking lots, it’s often because they’re in particular structures, for example, a used shipping container. But in the 1980s, long before Instagram or TikTok, it was a novel idea.
For iconic Houston restaurateur Jim Goode, housing Goode Co. Seafood in a railroad car was an integral part of his vision. “When my dad started conceptualizing the restaurant, he thought of creating something in the era of a 1940s and 1950s coastal restaurant,” said Levi Goode, president of Goode Co. restaurants and son of the late Jim. Goode. “He thought the elegance of a passenger carriage would make for a fine dinner.”