Craving bacon at 3 a.m.? Now you don’t have to wait for the store to open in one Upstate New York town.
Saratoga Living reports Oscar’s Smokehouse, a family-owned specialty meat and cheese shop in Warrensburg, N.Y., has launched a new refrigerated vending machine featuring hickory bacon, 3-year-old cheddar cheese, smoked pork chops, sausage, and more. The prices are the same as they are inside the store, giving customers a 24/7, contactless option for meats after stores, including Oscar’s, reduced hours due to the coronavirus pandemic.
General manager Jerald “Joq” Quintal told the magazine that the idea came when New York state officials approached them about selling locally-made products in a vending machine at the state welcome center on I-87 between Exits 17 and 18.
“We were a little bit hesitant because we had never seen meats or anything like that in a vending machine, so we tried it and it’s actually gone very well,” Quintal said.
The vending machine, located right outside the Oscar’s Smokehouse store in Warren County, was unveiled Aug. 3 and has already attracted interest from other business owners who want their own bacon vending machines, according to Saratoga Living.
“Coming soon to @NYSDEC offices if I get my way,” Sean Mahar, chief of staff for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, wrote on Twitter.
A similar concept was placed at McCann’s Local Meats, a butcher shop in Rochester back in June. WHAM reports the store started selling raw and cooked meats in a refrigerated vending machine, which is sanitized daily, to limit risks of spreading COVID-19.
Ohio State University also generated buzz in 2018 when it teamed up with the Ohio Pork Council for an all-bacon vending machine to help students power through finals.