Yokota’s West Side Deli to get Hollywood theme
October 2, 2007
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Base officials hope a Hollywood theme can spice up the West Side Deli.
The little-known restaurant tucked away inside the Taiyo Recreation Center was scheduled to close for construction beginning Monday. It’s expected to reopen sometime in February.
Yokota Enlisted Club manager Rick Winland, a project planner, said the 374th Services Division wants to make the deli a main attraction for the base’s west-side residents by remodeling it in the mold of a Hollywood production studio.
“By breaking open a new theme, we’d like to come out with a bang that will at least help identify that it’s over there,” Winland said.
Trussing — a steel or aluminum framework designed to support staging and lighting for concerts and studio sets — will be the new restaurant’s centerpiece. A large entrance will feature pillars leading to a pyramid on top.
Inside, a brick wall will cover certain parts. The décor also is to include a big-screen TV showing both classics and recent films, along with posters of old and current movies.
“People can come enjoy their meal and watch movies,” Winland said. “That’s the vision and the concept.”
The place will be renamed West Side Deli Productions. He said a menu shake-up also is in the works — with the addition of deli items, sandwiches and rotisserie chicken — but customers still can expect the same affordable prices.
“The production studio setup allows us flexibility with the menu and restaurant,” he added. “For example, if it’s October and we want to do a Halloween theme, we can show a scary movie or develop meal specials based on that. We can put up Halloween decorations and posters.”
According to Winland, the trussing element will cost more than $50,000. The entire project could approach $200,000 after the purchase of kitchen equipment and other amenities.
Other activities and functions at the Taiyo won’t be affected by the deli renovation, he added.