|Imagine if you will, a mountain-top |
revolving restaurant on the Gorge...
The location of the spinning eatery was to be one of the high cliffs overlooking the New River Gorge at Hawks Nest State Park, near the community of Ansted. At that time, Hawks Nest was said to be the most visited state park in the state.
The inspiration for the whirling café was probably the revolving restaurant atop the "Space Needle" erected a year earlier for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The "hovering disk" of the Space Needle that resembled a UFO was home to two restaurants: the Eye of the Needle, and Emerald Suite. Twenty thousand visitors a day had waited more than two hours for a chance to eat in the futuristic restaurant and even Elvis ate there.