This Chinese City Set to Open Pop-Up Eatery Inside a Rocket

By Ryan Gandolfo, September 10, 2019

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“I love you to the moon and back.” This is the line to drop on your significant other while dining inside this new rocket restaurant.

Made from recovered parts of a Long March 2 rocket, the pop-up eatery is expected to be open for business in Hangzhou from September 12-25. After its 14-day restaurant launch, the rocket will be transported back to a museum, according to the Paper.

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The rocket was originally used to send Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong into space in October 2016. Its reassembled remains stretch 44 meters long and 12 meters wide.

Ms. Zhu, an individual involved with the innovative pop-up restaurant, said the rockets’ parts were transported from Beijing’s China Space Museum, and are expected to accommodate around 50 diners at capacity once the renovations are complete.

Some have expressed uneasiness over enjoying a meal in what’s essentially a gigantic engine – citing concerns such as potential injuries as well as the possibility of exposing technological secrets. However, Ms. Zhu stated that the appropriate safety precautions would be made before opening up shop.

While it’s not yet clear what type of food will be on the menu, some people are already putting in requests. “When is this place going to be built? It’ll probably be an internet famous daka (clock in) spot, I want to eat outer space hot pot, please consider it,” posted one Weibo user. Others are more concerned over the price, with one person from Changsha writing, “If the price is made available I’ll know whether I can afford it or not.”

According to a Weibo post made by popular food delivery platform Ele.me, the pop-up restaurant is being put on for Taobao Maker Festival 2019, an annual celebration of China’s young creative minds. 

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The waimai business said it’ll even have astronaut-dressed deliverymen, bringing the space experience to your front door.

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