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Putting a twist on 'fast food' at the Rollercoaster Restaurant

May 6, 2016, 12:21 PM · Think you're tired of fast food in theme park restaurants? England's Alton Towers is opening a new "fast food" restaurant that might change your mind.

The park's new Rollercoaster Restaurant will send food from the kitchen to your table not on a waiter's tray but on more than 400 meters of spiraling, looping track. That's right — your meal will ride a roller coaster on its way to your table. Take a look:

The menu will feature burgers, steaks, chicken, risotto, and salads. Each dish has been tested on the track to ensure that it will arrive in good condition at each of the 13 available tables, according to the park. In addition to the two loops on the track, meals will reach speeds "faster than Mo Farah when he won Gold at the Olympics," the park said in a press release.

Rollercoaster Restaurant opens May 13 in the old AIR shop location in Forbidden Valley. In addition to being open for lunch during park hours, Rollercoaster Restaurant also will be open for dinner after the park closes, when anyone will be able to dine without a theme park ticket.

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May 6, 2016 at 2:45 PM · Europa Park in Germany has one of these and over there you order your food direct on your table from a touch screen. We went last year and my daughter thought it was amazing to order her own food on the screen and then watch it come zooming down the track direct to our table.

Food wasn't bad either.

May 6, 2016 at 2:56 PM · Looks fun. Shame AT is such a pain to get to.
May 6, 2016 at 3:20 PM · That's just silly.
May 6, 2016 at 3:21 PM · Just like the one in Europapark, and the idea was born in the restaurant s'Baggers in Germany. I was to both of them, I liked the food and everything went pretty fast.
May 6, 2016 at 3:52 PM · Looks amazing.... Wish we that this in the states
May 6, 2016 at 4:21 PM · I really want to see one of these in the United States. Perhaps if that $15 minimum wage becomes a thing we'll see someone try it as it appears to cut the number of employees a bit. Anyway, this is a must do when I get around to visiting Alton Towers (or Europa Park, or any theme park that has one).
May 6, 2016 at 7:46 PM · Looks nice, but I rather go to Japan's Maid Cafés.
May 6, 2016 at 10:21 PM · I don't know that I would want my food thrown around together inside of a tray until it got to me. How would your order not show up to you like a bunch of stuff thrown around on a plate (I mean, if it's a tossed salad then fine.... but a steak,etc)? If the trip to you would not cause that then cool..... but I'd have a hard time imagining my steak dinner going through a loop, etc. and still showing up looking and tasting nice as it would in a restaurant that does not sling my food around.
May 6, 2016 at 10:26 PM · I tried the one in Abu Dhabi. The kids enjoy the action of the food arriving, but the food itself is mediocre. It's something I'd only do once.

It does not cut down on the number of employees as "waiters" are needed to hover around making sure people know how to order and, most importantly, open the "pots of food" after they arrive. Also, a lot of people don't like eating out of a pot so they provide standard plates and then they also needed to clean up all the pot covers and plates as usual. To my eyes, it would not save on labor costs at all.

May 6, 2016 at 11:16 PM · Very cute concept. I can see them building one at WDW. Might actually rival BOG in popularity.
May 7, 2016 at 3:59 AM · Done it in Germany and it's very loud. It's a gimmick and I rather have a nice server.
May 7, 2016 at 6:41 AM · My luck, my food would get stuck upside down somewhere down the line.
May 7, 2016 at 9:13 AM · @OT: Maid Cafe has nice servers.
May 7, 2016 at 11:17 AM · So... if the food gets sick on the roller coaster, does it throw up people? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
May 8, 2016 at 5:09 PM · I remember back in the 50s eating at a couple of places where they used a model train to deliver the food to your table.
May 9, 2016 at 3:21 AM · It's a fun little gimmick, but I'd rather they'd have kept the other food outlets open than add this.

Activities outside the regular park hours are very welcome at Alton Towers, but if they just stuck a Nandos there they'd clean up.

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