- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 25, 2001

BALTIMORE (AP) Plans for a disaster-themed restaurant featuring a mock-up of a crashed airliner protruding over the entrance have been scrapped following the terrorist attacks two weeks ago, a Baltimore real estate developer said.
Designs for the $4.5 million "Crash Cafe" near the Inner Harbor, a popular tourist site, included a huge DC-3 tail section sticking out over the entrance. The burning motor of the plane would have served as a fireplace for the outdoor deck.
The crash motif was to be woven throughout the 17,000-square-foot restaurant, and diners were to be met with video screens showing clips of train wrecks and building implosions as explosive sound effects reverberated over loudspeakers.
Baltimore developer Pat Turner said plans changed when terrorist hijackers crashed planes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, killing thousands of people.
"I pulled the plug on it," Mr. Turner told the (Baltimore) Sun. "I had still been working on it, but to even think of the concept now is inappropriate."
According to its Web site, the disaster-themed restaurant promised an "adrenaline pumping rush of excitement," eliciting feelings of "shock, astonishment, awe and curiosity."
"Some may say the cutting edge concept borders on the unacceptable, but that's precisely its strength," the Web site explains. "Let's face it, the public needs to indulge their undeniable fascination with the destructive, erotic nature of crashing, colliding and exploding objects."
The controversial concept attracted national press attention, which the Web site claimed confirmed its appeal.
Mr. Turner had planned a menu featuring tapas and a raw bar and a gift shop marketing T-shirts reading "crash survivor" and other souvenirs. He hoped to open franchises in Orlando, Fla., Los Angeles and London.
He says he now plans to develop something "more conventional" on the Baltimore site.

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