10 Kick-Ass Converted Restaurants

An ex-church that’s now a brewery, an airplane restaurant, and a “busteraunt” are just a few of the amazing converted restaurants popping up in America. Here are 10 of our favorites:

1. 1. The Church Brew Works

This Pittsburgh brewpub is housed in a deconsecrated Catholic church, and specializes in its four house beers: North German Style Pilsner, Bavarian Dunkel, British Special Bitter and rotating Blast Furnace Stout. After sampling one of each, maybe you’ll be divinely inspired to make a confession!

2. 2. The Airplane Restaurant

Refuel yourself inside this 1953 Boeing KC-97 tanker, now an aviation-themed restaurant. Visit Colorado Springs to snag one of the 42 seats inside this aircraft that has flown the world over, and read the menu for a history lesson!

3. 3. Forbes Island

You’ll need to get your sea legs quickly when you take a boat to this man-made floating island off the coast of San Francisco, but it’s worth it to experience one of the few places where you can sit by a fireplace while being underwater. Converted from a private floating home, the dining room is nautical themed and features portholes so you can enjoy the watery view.

4. 4. Le Truc

Not exactly a food truck, Le Truc has customer seating aboard this school bus turned “bustaurant.” Been awhile since you last went on a field trip? Throw a private dinner party aboard the bus, and you can be driven to prime locations around San Francisco to enjoy the view. No spitballs allowed!

5. 5. The Bedford

You don’t have to pull a great heist to gain access to this Chicago bank vault. Housed in a former 1920s bank, the old vault is now a snazzy cocktail lounge with gleaming copper safe-deposit box walls.

6. 6. Lewiston Silo

Originally used for storing coal, this former silo is now a restaurant with an extensive hot dog menu to fulfill the quota of silo-shaped offerings. Chow down on a Silo Dixie Dog and enjoy the view of Canada!

7. 7. Alibi

Come do the jailhouse rock in this former Boston drunk tank, now (fittingly) a bar and lounge. Vestiges of the old Charles Street Jail remain — the original brick cell walls and tile floor are on display. Party underneath celebrity mugshots, in the footsteps of the drunk and disorderly.

8. 8. The Luxury

The Luxury serves up modern American cuisine and a selection of fine wines. Pretty standard, right? Well, not really – this restaurant is actually built from old shipping containers and bills its wares as “haute trailer cuisine.” Shipping container architecture is quickly catching on for its durability and convenience, so check out this San Antonio restaurant to stay ahead of the trend.

9. 9. Moshulu

The Moshulu was launched as a seafaring vessel in 1904, and as a restaurant in 2003. After sailing the seven seas and fighting in World Wars, she’s now docked in Philadelphia, where diners can enjoy fine artisan cheeses.

10. 10. Powerhouse Eatery

This converted coal-burning power plant now provides the town with a more nutritious kind of energy. Get a taste of the past while eating a Powerhouse Pot Pie under the old power plant valves and boilers.

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