||Some of the framed "stills" surrounding
the two entrance monster displays (and also located throughout the
Cafe) are actually recreations of situations that never took place
(like the footage in "Forrest Gump"), such as Frankenstein's
Monster with Marilyn Monroe, the Bride with John F. Kennedy, etc.
Some were obviously retouched, and others (such as the Creature
shot you see here) were so well-executed, it took a close look to
determine if I was staring at a retouched photo or an actual studio
still I'd never seen before...
||As you enter the Cafe, you walk straight into Frankenstein's
Dungeon Laboratory... and feel as if you stepped right onto the
"Bride of Frankenstein" set in 1935! Only this time, it's
in color (However, I did record the entire place a second time with
my video camera set to black and white tho - there's just some things
a Monster Kid's gotta do!!!!)... Overhead, the giant electric deco
machinery crackles and sizzles with glowing red electricity that
surges downward... and check out those chained line stanchions!
Was this designed by a Monster Kid or what?
||Shades of Strickfaden!!! The view looking up as you
stand in line, the huge cosmic diffuser continuing to spark with
"the great ray that first brought life into the world", while simulated
thunder and lightning crashes and booms all around the expressionistic
framework... Ol' Kenneth would be very pleased, I think...
||I've included this shot for scale, so you can get
a feel for just how impressive this display was...
||Approaching the food counter... where among the jars
and vials full of mysterious liquids, you can find a macabre menu
of fresh made to order salads, pastas "like Mummy used to make",
rotisserie chicken, personal pizzas from wood burning ovens, and
a great selection of deep-dish apple pie, strawberry shortcake,
and of course, devil's food cake - all served cafeteria style. Over
the course of the weekend, we ate one breakfast, two lunches and
two dinners there... then went back again later for dessert or a
drink whenever we were passing by! "Driiiiink... goooood!!"
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