Costco’s Food Court is Coming Back: Everything You Need to Know About the Iconic Eatery

by Katie Maloney

Bulk-shoppers get ready! The Costco food court is reopening.

Yes, Costco has always offered great prices on organic foods, clothing, and technology. But let’s be honest, the real draw is the $1.50 hotdog and soda combo that the store offers at its food court. And if you don’t believe us, check out the stats. The company sold 151 million hot dogs last year and hasn’t raised the price in more than 30 years. The statistics don’t lie, the people love Costco hotdogs. So, customers were obviously disheartened when Costco closed its seating areas at the start of the pandemic last year.

Although the food court remained open for hotdogs and pizza for takeout, getting that hotdog combo to go just wasn’t the same. But hope sprung last summer when Costco added the chicken bake to the menu again. Most recently, the stores have started adding ice cream and smoothies to the menu again as well as opening their outdoor seating areas.  Costco also plans to bring back churros to the menu and resume indoor seating as Covid-19 safety restrictions are gradually lifted. During a recent interview, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said he hopes for a full food court return.

“God willing. But it’s going to take some time,” said Galanti.

For now, Costco diehards will have to find solace in the dependability of the $1.50 hotdog and soda combo.

“I know it sounds crazy making a big deal about a hot dog, but we spend a lot of time on it,” said Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal during an interview in 2009. “We’re known for that hot dog. That’s something you don’t mess with.”

But What About The Food Samples? Will Costco Bring Those Back Too?

Before the pandemic, weekend trips to Costco were never complete without some free samples. For any of you Costco fans who don’t concern themselves with the food courts but are all about those free samples, don’t fret! Galanti said that the company plans to start offering free samples again as well.

The store will start by adding plexiglass stations at some stores. And employees will hand out prepared items like sandwiches, chips, cookies, and crackers to customers one at a time. If that goes well, Costco will bring back cooked item samples including breakfast sandwiches, noodle dishes, and meatballs. In conclusion, Costco is giving us another reason to believe that life is returning to normal. Now let’s grab a hotdog and soda combo and try some breakfast sandwich samples.