A restaurant in Nigeria is giving its customers the feeling of dining on a flight with its interiors which are very similar to that of an aeroplane.
Are you missing the thrill of air travel during the novel coronavirus lockdown? A Nigerian restaurant is now offering its customers the illusion of flight without them ever having to leave the ground.
The diners at Urban Air in the Nigerian capital Abuja sit on plush white seats and peruse a flight-themed cocktail menu beside windows illustrated with blue skies and puffy white clouds. Some customers take selfies as staff leave the ‘cockpit’ to serve them.
“The environment is really amazing considering this corona stuff,” said IT worker Fatima Garba during her second visit. “It’s been a while since we’ve all got to sit inside of an aeroplane and this just reminds us of that.”
Nigeria has suspended all international commercial flights since late March. It also curtailed domestic flights for several months, though they have since resumed.
Restaurant owner Ugo Young said even his partner, who is also the head chef, had questioned whether a flight-themed restaurant would work.
Undaunted, Young spent more than 10 million nairas (Rs 19,23,466) converting the space to look just like an aeroplane.
Since opening on August 15, it has served roughly 100 adventure-hungry Nigerians each day. Young said the eatery provides a safe, affordable experience for nostalgic fliers. “This COVID period, where people haven’t gotten to travel… they could come here and feel as though they are in the air,” Young said.
For some, the restaurant, whose meals start at 2,000 nairas (Rs 379), could be the closest they get to the skies for some time. While international flights are set to resume on September 5, returning to Nigeria will entail pricey novel coronavirus tests, in addition to the airfare.
Divine Akufu, a 20-year-old student, said her selfies at Urban Air made her look like a first-class adventurer. “It looks like a private jet here,” she said.