This roller-coaster restaurant rockets food to your table
Conventional wisdom says roller coasters and food should stay very far away from each other -- unless you actually want to spew funnel cake all over handlebars. But do the same laws apply when your food is the passenger? A restaurant in the UAE is aiming to find out with a 30+ track system that shoots your entrees right to you.
Rogo's already has several established locations in Germany and Kuwait, but the newly-opened one in the Yas Mall of Abu Dhabi is supposedly the world's largest roller-coaster restaurant. Sprawling over 14,000sqft, the space can seat up to 378 customers. Everyone orders via tablet, and when the food is ready, the kitchen puts it in a covered pot (safety first) and shoots it down one of the tracks to your table. Don't go thinking those are boring, baby courses, either. The tracks range from multi-spiral to double-loop, reaching speeds of up to 12mph -- which may not be up to Formula Rossa standards, but is pretty fast for your fish 'n chips. Considering the wait time Rogo's has already racked up, you should probably line up now if you want a turn sometime this year. Luckily, there's no height requirement to enter.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist. Her first roller coaster ride was on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney World, so she has complicated feelings towards Steven Tyler. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.