So, corn dogs, fried coke and fried oreos are good examples of fair goers having 'adventuresome' palettes?
Craig, you said that I'm selling these people short and that fairs are opportunities for people to experience new foods. What foods, outside of American culture, are they eating at the Texas state fair? Are there stands selling Indian curries? Falafel? Tapas? Being a state fair, I'm guessing Texas probably has a sushi stand, but I highly doubt Lorain has sushi. If Lorain has sushi, then I stand corrected on everything I've said relating to slices. I think, currently, sushi is an excellent barometer of how adventuresome people's tastes are.
I don't know Scott. It's been years since I have gone. I would not be surprised if there was sushi. It is very popular in Texas. Notwithstanding, I still don't see NP as a strech. I don't see NP al libretto to a person who has had Pappa Johns as any more of a strech than a corn dog to a person who had only tried a regular hot dog.
Sure, if you go in with the attitude that this is something exotic and you and your hick family probably won't like it, you might not sell much, but if you make it exciting, they will try it and they will like it. It's nothing like feeding sushi to someone who has only had fried catfish - but you know what, I've done that to more than one hard core redneck and have them turn into sushi addicts.
Seriously, you really think that someone who likes thin pizza won't like a great NP pie? At a state fair where yu are probably looking to try new and fun things?
You may be right, but I'm really happy the first guy to serve me a NP pie didn't think that.
FWIW, according to Google, there are 9 places to get sushi within 20 miles of Lorain and a couple inside of 10 miles.