You’d think eating at a former mortuary would kill your appetite.
But funeral-themed bars and restaurants have been popping up all over. Here’s a list of the death-themed eateries that people are dying to eat at.
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Curio is a bar and restaurant that specializes in American cuisine with a focus on seafood. It also has a line of cocktails inspired by mythical creatures. Oh, and it’s located in a former mortuary, which is heavily reflected in their choice of art. According to their site, “Drawing inspiration from The Chapel’s past life as a mortuary, we explore the mystical, curious elements of life and time. Art installations include a multiplicity of clocks, Victorian dioramas, vintage light fixtures, figurative paintings, and electric neon signs, creating an eclectic and mystical vibe throughout the variety of spaces.” Check out a write-up and photo gallery of their food and drinks here.
Linger is another eatery that’s not afraid to flaunt its past life as a mortuary. The former mortuary — now proudly an eatuary — once held the remains of Buffalo Bill. Now the restaurant serves water from formaldehyde bottles, has a dining room in the old hearse garage, and serves up corpse reviver cocktails to guests.
The Compound Hull is a new nightclub in an old funeral parlor. When renovating the building into a nightclub, the owners kept most of the original features. The building is listed as a historic site and some would even say it’s haunted. The old funeral home was featured on the British television show, Most Haunted.
What used to be the old Schroer Funeral Home and Mortuary is now home to a renovated craft brewery. The building itself is more than 100 years old, but instead of caring for bodies it’s now brewing beers with names like Ferryman Oatmeal Milk Stout, Embalming Fluid Imperial IPA, Toe Tag Belgian Tripel, and the Undertaker Imperial Red Rye.
Club Paris is the oldest steakhouse in Anchorage, serving up the famous four-inch-thick Filet Mignon. But before they were serving steaks, the restaurant was a funeral parlor and furniture store.
Another funeral home turned brewery, Brewery Vivant takes pride in their past. The brewery’s name Vivant means “to be alive,” or “be lively.” And their taproom serves beers such as the Undertaker and Wizard Burial Ground.
The Pine Box is another funeral-home-turned-restaurant. The owners took the 1923 funeral home and found a way to breathe new life into it. According to their website, “The bar itself and majority of tables are built from reclaimed oak coffin cabinets once housed downstairs where the “processing” took place. The ceramic block marked 33 located between our draft screens was part of the original urn storage.”
Eternity Restaurant — Truskavets, Ukraine
Unfortunately, the Eternity Restaurant recently closed. But the concept is too fun not to share. The restaurant is shaped like a giant wooden coffin, and actual funeral directors ran it. Decorated with funeral wreaths and funeral candles, the giant coffin served up dishes with names like Nine Day and Forty Day salads (which reference mourning rituals in the Ukraine) and Let’s Meat in Paradise.
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