9 Incredible Bars and Restaurants That Used to Be Other Things

Occupying everything from old streamliners and airplanes to bank vaults and power plants, these establishments revel in their structures’ storied histories.


Photo: Hannah Huber

Sandfly Bar-B-Q—Savannah, Georgia

The small BBQ restaurant tucked inside an old streamliner is the brainchild of fine-dining chef turned pitmaster Keith Latture. Starting as a small eatery in a strip mall, Latture opened up a second location in the heart of Savannah due to high demand, playing with the quirkiness of the converted restaurant to spread his culinary genius. sandflybbq.com

Trinity Place Restaurant & Bar—New York City

Trinity Place Restaurant & Bar—New York City

Built inside a bank vault beneath an iconic skyscraper, Trinity Place Restaurant & Bar is stocked full of history. Enter the restaurant from one of the two vault doors weighing 35 tons and enjoy one of the bar’s signature cocktails paired with a dish created by chef Donal Crosbie. trinityplacenyc.com

Photo: Courtesy of the Airplane Restaurant

The Airplane Restaurant—Colorado Springs, Colorado

Airplane food never tasted so good. Housed inside a KC-97 Boeing built in 1953, The Airplane Restaurant can seat up to 42 patrons for lunch or dinner. Having traveled the world, the Boeing is now permanently wheels-down in Colorado Springs and serving up some American favorites. solosrestaurant.com

Photo: Courtesy of the Church Brew Works

The Church Brew Works—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This former church built in 1902 was the perfect spot to erect a more modern sanctuary—of beer. Working to preserve as much of the unique church as possible, the original stain glass from St. John the Baptist Church still adorns the walls—even the pews have been worked into the brew house’s design. churchbrew.com

Photo: Courtesy of Alibi Lounge

Alibi Lounge—Boston

Appropriately situated in the former “drunk tank” of the Old Charles Street Jail, Alibi Lounge is serving up creative cocktails and bites in a lively atmosphere. The original brick walls and bluestone floors furthered by the celebrity mugshot wall decor gives this hotel bar a fun vibe for guests. alibiboston.com

The Edison—Los Angeles

The Edison—Los Angeles

L.A.’s historic power plant serves as the venue for Andrew Meieran’s design for The Edison. Using a mix of artifacts from the original construction along with touches of glamour, Meieran crafted a space that is rooted in historical significance. edisondowntown.com

Photo: Liz Barclay

Brooklyn Barge Bar—New York City

Visitors can find Brooklyn Barge Bar floating along the coast of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in the East River. The former working barge is permanently anchored for guests to enjoy a meal on the water or, if weather permits, give fishing or kayaking a try. thebrooklynbarge.com

Photo: Andrew Cebulka

The Ordinary—Charleston, South Carolina

This historic Charleston building was originally a bank before being converted into The Ordinary. Specializing in seafood dishes reflective of the Carolinas, chef Mike Lata is at the helm of the restaurant’s culinary creations. theordinary.com

The Grey—Savannah, Georgia

The Grey—Savannah, Georgia

Crafted from an old Greyhound bus terminal, The Grey is a gem in Savannah’s growing food scene. Embracing its historic Art Deco design, the renovation of The Grey brought new life to this vacant space with its Southern-style cuisine. thegreyrestaurant.com

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