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Porsche gives restaurants a test drive

A restaurant promising culinary thrills has opened near the test track of Porsche’s new North American headquarters in Atlanta, which has been set up as a mini-amusement park for car enthusiasts.

Restaurant 356, which is open to the public, features lunches and dinners prepared by Executive Chef Kyle Forson, a well-known local culinary talent. Porsche describes the menu as highly eclectic, with influences tracing to Forson’s Polish heritage as well as the South’s cooking heritage. French and Californian touches are also evident, but “no single type of cuisine will dominate the menu,” the carmaker said.

Diners can watch cars zip around the test track or follow airplanes as they land at nearby Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The name refers to the Porsche 356, a discontinued model regarded by many gear heads as one of the best sports cars of all time.

The restaurant is a cornerstone of what the car company is calling the Porsche Experience Center. In addition to housing corporate offices, the $100-million complex features a 1.6-mile test-drive track, a car museum and 13,000 square feet of conference and event space for use by the public.

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