Floating restaurant

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A floating restaurant on the Vaal River
Restaurant ships on the Aura River.
Barge restaurant in Brooklyn, New York

A floating restaurant is a vessel, usually a large steel barge, used as a restaurant on water. The Jumbo Kingdom at Aberdeen in Hong Kong is an example. Sometimes retired ships are given a second lease on life as floating restaurants. The former car ferry New York, built 1941, serves as DiMillo's in Portland, Maine. Another example was the Train ferry Lansdowne which served as a restaurant in Detroit. Plans for the Lansdowne to continue in this capacity on the Buffalo, New York waterfront came to naught and she was scrapped in the summer of 2008. A third example of a ship's hull converted for this purpose is Captain John's in Toronto, a former Eastern European ship. The Normac, the first Captain John's restaurant, was moved to Port Dahousie as the floating cocktail lounge Big Kahuna. These small ships are also used as sightseeing vehicle while dining on moving ship.

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