Bloem gets a Boeing 737 eatery

2013-05-23 11:59
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Bloemfontein - Turning an old plane into a top of the range restaurant takes guts and wits but to a Bloemfontein businessman, this is a story of passion.

The SABC reports that the businessman, anticipates a take off without a hitch and while building construction hasn’t begun yet, the idea is the talk of the town already.

Outside Bloemfontein, known as the City of Roses, there’s a small airport used for landing small planes which is a common sight among the locals. However, 10 meters away, a Congo Air Boeing 737 parked on a pile of sand is something peculiar.

For the owner of this unique idea, Buks Westraad, getting hold of the plane was not a walk in the park as it is 30 tons with 26 meters of wingspan. The logistical operation to get it to Bloemfontein was very challenging.

“This plane is the centre piece of an aviation themed restaurant. The kitchen and dining room will be below it, with an executive cocktail lounge to boot. One thing that patrons can be sure of is that the menu will have a lot more than just "chicken or beef,” said Westraad.

The owner promises a unique offering to the world of hospitality hence he plans to have waiters as air hostesses and they will be dressed as air hostesses while the waiters, the males, are going to be dressed as flight captains.

Although the building of the restaurant and refitting the plane will begin as soon as possible, the owners hope to dish up their first meals later this year in September.

However, the owner acknowledges that operating a food outlet is not always easy as plane sailing.

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