Chewing the Fat: A Concept Too Far

Who doesn't love a good theme restaurant? Maybe it's just the clever new names--rainforest burgers and such--for geezerly menu items, but you can't deny those little extras. From a giant race car above the bar to the chance to sit next to one of Madonna's sweat-stained concert outfits, concepts often rake in cash.

Apparently, though, Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood just don't cut it anymore. The Web Urbanist , compiled a list of 15 theme restaurants last year, ranging from absurd to creepy to just plain unappetizing. We gotta give props to whoever discovered the market for eating sushi from a gaping fleshwound.

But playing at cannibalism is so last-year. The new in theme? Ninjas (check out the beer coasters!). If you don't want to eat in a feudal Japanese castle, there's probably no hope for you. Meanwhile, if you manage to keep your appetite while eating off of an operating table, there's probably no help for you.

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