Ol’ Shel Returns to His Roots: Food
When you think of Carroll Shelby, you just naturally think of food.
After all, Carroll Shelby was once a chicken farmer. No where near as successful in that venture as in later ventures, such as driving and then building race cars, Shelby later became famous for chili. His homemade recipe became so popular that he marketed it, later selling it to a conglomerate that still sells Carroll Shelby chili mix at most quality grocery stores.
Now Shelby’s gone back to food – with his “Shelby Corner Café” in Las Vegas. It’s located with his other enterprises at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s not fancy, but the decoration has one unmistakable theme: Shelby’s.
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The recent grand opening coincided with the National Hot Rod Association event at Las Vegas Speedway, and featured visits by Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and current Funny Car national champ Robert Hight, with Mustang aficianados filling out the field.
The restaurant is part of Shelby’s corporate alter ego. “Shelby Corner Café is a fun place to dine while visiting Carroll’s two favorite places, the track and his factory,” according to Amy Boylan, who is President of Shelby Automobiles. “We initially planned to open a place for Shelby employees as the selection of eateries is a bit limited at the Speedway. We had so many requests by enthusiasts to eat here after a museum tour that decided to open the café to the public. On any given day, you might see our chief test driver, production crew, or even Carroll himself eating at the next table.”
The Shelby Corner Café is on Speedway Blvd. in northern Las Vegas, fifteen blocks Southeast of Interstate 15.
No word on whether the menu features Carroll Shelby Chili.