Thursday, July 31, 2008

Click Click Boom

Coworker Molly just sent over the news that Ruby Tuesday is upgrading to a more sleek, modern-style decor. And it's promoting the change by exploding the last remaining "old-style" restaurant this Thursday at 3PM.

I try so hard to be really hip and jaded with regards to publicity stunts, but ... explosion!

Seriously, Ambience Chaser would like to go on the record as officially approving of all explosion-related promotions. If anyone else would like to explode something, I am very good at pushing big, red, candylike buttons and would be more than happy to help out.

Furniture porn

Check out this cool video of an expanding table. It’s called the Capstan, which is hard to say, and it doubles in size from perfect circle to slightly bigger perfect circle using self-contained leaves. We are way too entranced by that expanding star in the middle. And bonus points to the craftsman who made sure the grain lines match up when the table is big as well as when it’s small.

Chewing the Scenery

NRN Food editor Bret Thorn of Food Writer’s Diary said ambience is the second most important part of a dining experience, the first being whom you are dining with. So with that validation ringing in our ears, we’re ready to start covering restaurant design. Yay!

Here at Ambience Chaser we’re going to look at the nonfood aspects of the dining experience. And, for the record, we have every intention of being as shallow and superficial as humanly possible. Why are we qualified to write this blog? Because we’ve got a cell-phone camera and a wireless card, and we are not afraid to use them. (OK, we’re a little afraid to use them. It’s really embarrassing to take a picture in the middle of a crowded restaurant.)

In closing, a photographic record of the last place we dined: