Trek Eats: A Look at Trek-themed Eateries July 6, 2008by John Tenuto , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Trek Franchise , trackback
News of the September closing of Star Trek: The Experience (and Quark’s Bar and Grill) at the Las Vegas Hilton is sad news for fans who enjoy mixing the reel of Star Trek with the real of restaurants. Quark’s, with its Trek name and themed food, was the biggest Star Trek restaurant ever, but there have been others. Today we take a look at some of these other Trek themed restaurants we have said goodbye to, and a few that still remain.
The Starvoyager Restaurant and Bar – Chicago, Illinois
Ten years ago Trek was still riding high. First Contact was a hit film (with another film on the way), two Trek shows on were on TV, new Trek books were coming out every other week along with tons of comics and collectibles. And then there was the Starvoyager Restaurant and Bar located in North Chicago, Illinois. While Starvoyager was not a licensed restaurant like Quark’s, the Star Trek influence is undeniable.
The outside of the restaurant was about as unfuturistic as imaginable, with only the sign indicating an adventure awaited inside. But stepping through the doorway was akin to walking through the Guardian of Forever to a culinary future. Leaving the 20th Century behind, the first sight inside the restaurant was the waiting area and the impressive gift shop featuring Star Trek and Star Wars toys. The host would then walk patrons through a Trek-like corridor, including Okudagram-like lighted panels on the walls. There were two dinning areas, both which looked almost exactly like Ten Forward, from the bar to the distinctive windows showing the cosmos outside.
The staff, who often wore Star Trek style costumes, were very friendly and the food was excellent. The menu was priced reasonably and featured the occasional joke. Pastas were subtitled "International to Intergalactic" and salads proclaimed to have won the "22nd Century Gamarian Food Festival." Unfortunately in 2001 the restaurant closed. For more on the Starvoyager, click here.
Starship Pegasus – Italy, Texas
About 40 miles outside of Dallas, Texas you could find a genuine Trek inspired roadside attraction in the form of the Starship Pegasus. This Pegasus made its Trekishness apparent right away with its domed saucer dining area and two nacelles located over the kitchen (perhaps they used warp plasma to cook?).
The eatery’s menu included the requisite space pun food items such as Mercury’s Taco Pizza, Solar BLT Wraps, Alien Fingers and Cosmic Cube Ice Cream. The Pegasus was actually more than just a place to eat, calling itself ‘a family entertainment center’ and it included an arcade, XBox Stations and ‘Lunar’ Mini Golf. The official website for the Pegasus also tries to capitalize on Trek, even using the Enterprise E.
Unfortunately The Pegasus closed in 2006. The owner still hopes to re-open an expanded version at another location, but for now the Pegasus is de-commissioned…and is for sale. (Click HERE for more pictures of the construction of the Pegasus)
Page’s Bar – London, England, UK
Popular in the 90s, Page’s Bar in Westminster was part pub and part Star Trek convention. The decor featured many Trek items and they showed Trek videos regularly. Trek celebrities would often drop by (see video below). The bar closed in 2004.
Trek eats still to be had
Although the explicitly-themed Trek restaurants are gone, there are still some places left that have a bit of Trek left in them.
The Enterprise at Starship Subs in Forest Park
Murphy’s Bar – Riverside, Iowa
Featured in Shatner’s "Invasion Iowa," according to legend Murphy’s Bar is where Captain Kirk’s parents (Winona and George) will meet. It features Trek decorations and gift items along with a plaque identifying the spot where the Kirk legend begins. This is a popular destination during the annual TrekFest.
Hang out at Murphy’s for a couple centuries to meet the Kirks
Enterprise Family Restaurant – Vulcan, Alberta, Canada
The town of Vulcan in Alberta Canada also embraces Star Trek by holding the annual Spock Day’s Galaxyfest featuring Trek inspired food and events. Many local businesses get into the fun, including the Enterprise Family Restaurant.
Enterprise restaurant in Canada
Bonus Video: Star Trek V The Restaurant Enterprise
What may be the best Trek-themed restaurant was featured in an SNL skit from December 1986, when William Shatner himself was hosting.
Is there another Trek-themed bar or restaurant you remember? Let us know.