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Archeologists Unearthed the First of Many Revolving Restaurants

Revolving Restaurants: How They Came to Be

Some people consider revolving restaurants a novelty, some of us find them stunning, and others think of them as nothing more than unique restaurants; but no matter which category you fall into, you have likely spent very little time rotating above a city or beautiful landscape while eating. The experience is an exciting one, and watching the panoramic view of the city unfold beneath you can add to the value of your dining experience. But who thought of revolving restaurants, and how long have they been around? In today’s blog, the Eighteen at the Radisson team looks the history of revolving restaurants.

Roman Revolving Dining Room

In 2009, French archaeologists excavated the remains of an ancient Roman palace. They believed the structure to be created by Nero. Roman biographers and historians described the palace as having a rotating dining room, and the excavations support these writings. Powered by running water instead of electricity, the flooring of the dining room rotated slowly and offered guests a splendid view of Rome.

Chicago World’s Fair & The First Revolving Restaurants

Though it never came to fruition, the first modern, comprehensive plans for a rotating restaurant came about in the lead up to the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933. The plans never amounted to an actual restaurant during the World’s Fair, but the idea began to circulate. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, the first revolving restaurants began to crop up. The first one appeared on top of a television tower in Stuttgart, Germany.

First Rotating Restaurants in The U.S.

The first restaurant to revolve in the United States wasn’t even on the mainland. In Honolulu, Hawaii, the country’s first revolving restaurant opened in 1961. The Space Needle, arguably the most famous of all revolving restaurants, came about in time for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. Radisson Cincinnati built the one and only revolving restaurant in the city. Eighteen at the Radisson proudly sits atop the hotel and the city, providing our guests with a one-of-a-kind view of our beautiful city.

Visit Our Fantastic Restaurant

When you come visit us at Eighteen at the Radisson, you will see for yourself what it’s like to eat in a rotating restaurant. If there are two things universally loved, they are food and beautiful views. At our restaurant, you get both. We are a modern, fine dining, and steak restaurant. You’re sure to love our food, love the view, and love the atmosphere. Reserve your table with us at Eighteen at the Radisson today.

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