View inside in 2006
|Owner(s)||Space Needle Corporation|
|Head chef||Jeff Maxfield|
|Food type||Fine dining, Pacific Northwest cuisine, new American cuisine|
SkyCity, originally known as the Eye of the Needle, was a revolving restaurant and bar situated atop the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. It featured a 14-foot-deep (4.3 m) carousel (or ring-shaped) dining floor on which sit patrons' tables, chairs, and dining booths. The floor revolves on a track and wheel system, which weighs roughly 125 tons, at a rate of one revolution every 47 minutes. It was the oldest operating revolving restaurant in the world.
The restaurant was designed by John Graham & Company, patterned after the La Ronde they had built atop the Ala Moana Center in 1963. Due to the balance and precision of its design, the floor's rotation is accomplished using just a single 1½-horsepower motor.
SkyCity served Pacific Northwest cuisine and new American cuisine, and provided local seafood, steak, chicken and vegetarian menu items. It was a fine dining restaurant with a casual dress code.
As part of the $100 million "The Century Project" renovations to the Space Needle, SkyCity was closed in September 2017 for outfitting with a clear glass floor. The glass floor will enable diners to view the city below them and also the mechanics that operate the revolving floor. When completed, SkyCity was to have the world's first revolving restaurant with a glass floor.
In popular culture
In a 1976 episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, "A Frightened Hound Meets Demons Underground," the Mystery Inc. gang are discussing a newspaper article about a demon who started terrorising Seattle residents, on SkyCity. At the conclusion of the mystery/episode, the gang is back at the restaurant as well.
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