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Ohio convention center to add restaurant built in old plane

Ohio convention center turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract visitors with distinctive dining

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    This Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 photo shows the results of a restored 1953 Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter in Cleveland. A convention center in Cleveland says it's turning the Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience. The I-X Center hopes to renovate the interior of the air tanker into a 50-seat restaurant by 2020.

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    This Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 photo shows a Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter inside the IX-Center, in Cleveland, Ohio. A convention center in Cleveland says it's turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience. The I-X Center hopes to renovate the interior of the air tanker into a 50-seat restaurant by 2020.

    CHUCK CROW / PLAIN DEALER VIA AP

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    This Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 photo shows a vintage Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter in Cleveland. A convention center in Cleveland says it's turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience. The I-X Center hopes to renovate the interior of the air tanker into a 50-seat restaurant by 2020.

    BRIAN ALBRECHT / PLAIN DEALER VIA AP

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    This Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 photo shows where pilots have a wide expanse of glass in the nose of the KC-97G Stratofreighter in Cleveland. A convention center in Cleveland says it's turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience. The I-X Center hopes to renovate the interior of the air tanker into a 50-seat restaurant by 2020.

    BRIAN ALBRECHT / PLAIN DEALER VIA AP

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    This Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 photo shows one of the four radial engines on the KC-97G Stratofreighter that has 28 pistons, generating 3,500 horsepower in Cleveland. A convention center in Cleveland says it's turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience. The I-X Center hopes to renovate the interior of the air tanker into a 50-seat restaurant by 2020.

    BRIAN ALBRECHT / PLAIN DEALER VIA AP

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CLEVELAND — A convention center in Cleveland says it’s turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience.

The Plain Dealer reports the Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter used for mid-flight refueling had been mothballed in Arizona for several decades before the International Exposition Center bought it last year and relocated it near the exhibition hall. The I-X Center hopes to renovate the interior of the air tanker into a 50-seat restaurant by 2020.

The industrial artist leading that task, Mike Ensminger of Elyria, says he would like to leave the aircraft as historically accurate as possible.

The I-X Center has put $600,000 into the project so far, and officials anticipate spending another $500,000.

Information from The Plain Dealer

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