negative comments on revolving restaurants 1988
Monday, March 28, 1 988 Newi Journal, Mansfield, O. Opinionanalysis 5-a Do we really need more revolving restaurants? One of the things I always make a point of doing when I'm traveling is to read the local letters-to-the-editor in the towns I pass through. It gives you a pretty good idea of what's on people's minds. So I was in a prosperous Midwestern city with a population somewhere between medium and large and I noticed a letter-to-the-editor from a person who apparently had grown up in that city and had moved to a smaller town. The letter-writer's name was Pat Narike, who recently had visited the bigger city. This is what Narike had to say: "With the changing skyline, I have mixed emotions about the downtown area from what I remember from over 23 years ago. One thing I have noticed is that not one of the tall buildings downtown have revolving restaurants at the top! When I lived in Los Angeles, I dined at every one they have, and what a treat it was to dine while looking at the lovely views during the dark evening hours. C'mon ... how about a revolving restaurant on top of one of the skyscrapers coming up?" This Narike did not seem to be kidding. I couldn't believe the letter. As I say, reading letters-to-the-editor is a good way to keep up with national trends but I refuse to believe that there is a groundswell of support around America for rooftop revolving restaurants. Pat Narike must be a freak case. Have you ever dined in a revolving restaurant? Granted, with world hunger, rampant crime and the possibility of nuclear warfare, the presence of revolving restaurants is hardly the most pressing issue to face our country. But the introduction of the revolving restaurant is one of the Greene fffi most annoying things all right, one of the most annoying minor things that has happened to American life during this century. I'm no expert on architecture, but it seems to me that construction of revolving restaurants peaked between the mid-'60s and the mid-' 70s. The first time I ate in one, I did not know in advance that the restaurant revolved. So I thought that I had a mild headache and was undergoing a dizzy spell, until my dinner companion pointed out to me how interesting it was that the restaurant revolved. Like a fool, I tried to finish the meal. I became more and more disoriented. By the time I staggered out of the restaurant, I knew I had to speak with the manager about it. "No one gets dizzy up here," he insisted. "The restaurant revolves so slowly that you hardly notice it. And during the course of your meal, you get to have a panoramic view of the entire city." In the years since, I have learned to expect that response from managers of revolving restaurants. They can't be expected to say, "Yeah, you're right eating in our restaurant is a nauseating experience." So they give you the company line: The restaurant turns at such a gradual speed that it can't possibly affect you. I'm sure there are, indeed, some people who can sit through a meal in a revolving restaurant and not be bothered. But I know for a fact that there are many of us who don't want to be whirled around while we're eating no matter what the rate of speed of the whirling. I have this memory of being on the road covering a story. The hotel, as I recall, had a restaurant on the top floor, and I went there for dinner. Midway through my meal I noticed Carl Stern the legal affairs correspondent for NBC News, who must have been there to cover the same story making his way out of the restaurant, his face pale and beads of perspiration on his forehead. I knew what had happened: The revolving restaurant had got to him, too. (In case I'm wrong about this, Mr. Stern is welcome to reply. Maybe he just ate a bad piece of perch.) The interesting thing is that revolving restaurants are almost invariably constructed in places where there is absolutely no need for a revolving restaurant. I am on record as being fond of Detroit but there is a revolving restaurant atop the Renaissance Center, and I have to say that I could get through a meal or a round of drinks just fine without taking in the view of Detroit at night. The highlight is when your table passes a certain point, and you can say, "Look, there's Windsor!" as you gaze across the water at Canada. Such a thrill is not worth the motion sickness. And if you think diners hate revolving restaurants, you should talk to the waiters and waitresses. In many revolving restaurants, the core of the structure does not move just the outer ring where most of the tables are. So the waiter goes to the kitchen in the core to pick up the customers' order only to find that the custom ers' table is not where it was a few minutes before. Waiters and waitresses who work in revolving restaurants deserve double tips. How did we get onto this? Oh. Right. Pat Narike, the person who wrote the letter-to-the-editor asking for more revolving restaurants. Nice letter, Pat but if this is really important to you, why don't you just hold your plate in your hand while standing in your own living room and keep turning around in circles as you eat? You'll get the physical sensation you are seeking, and spare the rest of us some very bad mealtime experiences. (c) 19M Ttw Chicago Tribune TWIN TOfAfF FILM DEVELOPING! 12 EXP. BOLL SO QQ 24 PRINTS 15 EXP. DISC A qq 30 PRINTS 24 EXP. ROLL $C QQ M PRINTS VU.S 36 EXP. ROLL $Q QQ 72 PRINTS 1 COLO fOCtWOMLYLIFT roKOCVfiora emu" Colon C.filfiATF mnrupjicTF (Q I W ( rm i mm REGULAR-9 02. TUBE; GEL-12 02. TUBE OH TARTAR CONTROL REGULAR-B.1 02. TUBE m B mM GILLETTE ATRA, mTM ATRA PI IK Un ItlAL II CARTRIDGES VM PACKAGE OF 5 z crux!