Floating Restaurants

Floating Restaurants

I prefer to eat on the shore.

Floating restaurants are really pretty goofy. You're technically on the water, but the hulking vessel is so big that you can't really feel anything, like tides or waves or water, which I personally expect when I'm on the water. You really might as well just eat on a restaurant near the water, rather than technically on it.

I don't understand the appeal, but most people seem to get it. All across the world, people want to eat their crab legs or whatever fishy concoction they believe the restaurant fished out of the river/bay/tributary/etc...for them.

Since I don't like to be wrong, let's look at some of the worst things could happen if you decide to eat on the water, rather than near it:

Jeff Ruby’s Waterfront restaurant, Cincinnati, Ohio. In March of 2011, patrons of Jeff Ruby's were taken for more of a ride than they expected with their entrees. The restaurant came free of its pier on the Ohio River and began gliding down the flooded waterway. Who knows how far the restaurant would have gotten if it hadn't gotten stopped by a bridge? It made its way about 90-feet downstream before it came to rest. There, 83 passengers, including Emmy-winning Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworht, had to be rescued using a series of pulleys and ropes. Yikes.  

Showboat Marina, Huntington, West Virginia. The Showboat Marina, also on the apparently-treacherous Ohio River, tipped over and began sinking in February of 2009. The onboard Cajun Kitchen Restaurant didn't have any patrons in the morning, but it was only closed temporarily until the barge on which it was housed could be raised.

Phoenix. Martinez, California. Back in 2006, Rick Parker was going to turn a boat called Phoenix, apparently used for the Doris Day flick "The Glass Bottom Boat," into a high-class eatery with fish-gazing right under patrons' feet. His hopes were thwarted, however, when the 1923-built boat sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. En route to its new marina home, the boat got a crack in its hull, and sunk quickly. No one was hurt, but at least Parker never got a chance to have his ego bruised. Martinez officials were none to keen on Parker's restaurant idea, which included a submerged tank of freshwater fish under the glass bottom.  

Will you ever eat at a floating restaurant again? Or do you think that the thrill is worth the cost?