The Krusty Krab drive-thru is a service applied to the Krusty Krab in the episodes "Driven to Tears," "Drive Thru," "Drive Happy," The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and "Bubble Bass's Tab."
The ordering window is a smashed hole on the left side of the Krusty Krab's wall. Due to Mr. Krabs' cheapness, the drive-thru consists of a menu written on napkins, a microphone made with tin cans, and a sign made from a noodle.
It is simply an "Order Here" sign with illustrations of a burger and drink, and a Krabby Patty speaker.
Role in series
"Driven to Tears"
As Patrick drops SpongeBob off at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs informs SpongeBob that he is in charge of the drive-thru the restaurant recently installed. SpongeBob is confused because he never realized the Krusty Krab had a drive-thru before, though Mr. Krabs tells him that the service was implemented as a result of many citizens on the go who do not have time for a sit-down meal.
After Mr. Krabs' attempt to fill a hole in the Krusty Krab's wall with toothpaste fails after the wood cracks and the hole gets larger, Incidental 42 and his two children mistake it for a drive-thru and order from it. This gives Mr. Krabs the idea to install one to the restaurant.
Mr. Krabs makes the ordering window bigger by hammering it after SpongeBob fails to deliver a tray to Larry's S.U.B. The drive-thru eventually results in a fine from a policeman due to all the traffic Krabs has caused. He immediately demands a Krabby Patty. The mayor then visits and is not satisfied with the cars holding up the drive-thru's line.
Mr. Krabs solves the problem by smashing a second ordering window in the restaurant, which interferes with SpongeBob and Squidward's ability to serve the customers in a quick enough period of time. As a result, the customers start rioting and Squidward is worried about what they will do.
Mr. Krabs resorts to smashing yet another hole in the restaurant, which destroys the building and dissolves it into debris. SpongeBob jokingly admits that this problem can be fixed if they have more toothpaste.
SpongeBob orders a triple Krabby Patty with five scoops of ice cream while he is driving Coupe. Squidward is working at the drive-thru and gives SpongeBob the aforementioned burger.
"Bubble Bass's Tab"
Bubble Bass rubs his butt on the drive-thru window while Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob are concerned.
- There is also a SpongeBob SquarePants book where the Krusty Krab installs a drive-thru. However, it was released in 2004, before any of the episodes featuring it premiered.
- It is mentioned by the purple guy in "Plankton Paranoia."
- "Bubble Bass's Tab" is the only episode where it appears that does not have "Drive" in the title.
- Unlike in "Drive Thru," the drive-thru in "Driven to Tears," and "Drive Happy," and "Bubble Bass's Tab" has a real ordering window rather than a hole in the wall.