Offbeat eateries -- Dinner in the Sky


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Ever clean up after a dinner only to discover the floor covered with crumbs? Wish you could avoid that hassle? Then Dinner in the Sky might be for you.

European entrepenuer David Ghysels offers dining at a table suspended by crane 150 feet in the air. Twenty-two people can be seated around the table, with a wait staff of three in the center preparing and serving food and drink. Since the crane and table are portable, the dinner location is anywhere the vehicles can reach. Suppose you want to suspend your ineffectual sales team over a smoldering volcano...

The company that operates the restaurant can also provide a second platform on a crane, so you can have a band accompanying your dinner, or a CFO with his PowerPoint presentation, well out of roll-tossing range. The restaurant has served clients all over Europe and is planning to expand internationally.

While the rig rents for eight-hour segments, this does not seem to include a potty in the sky, so diners might be well advised to wear their best astronaut gear. And if you drop your napkin? Forget it.