“I remember well, while we were living in Pripyat, we often came here for lunch. The restaurant served various dishes and deserts: soups, garnishs, side dishes, breakfasts and lunches, hot and cold beverages. My friend Ira celebrated her wedding here. Restaurant had an excellent staff and the cooks had golden hands.” — this is how Galina Ivanovna recalls the Polesie restaurant in Pripyat, in the city where she lived before the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Today we will take a look at another interesting place called “Polesie”. It was a small restaurant-cafe located on the ground floor of the Polesie hotel. On photo below — how it looked before the city became uninhabited:
According to rumors, the Polesie restaurant worked for 2 years even after the Chernobyl accident. The liquidators and other people who worked in this zone after the Chernobyl disaster, ate here.
The restaurant had a spacious hall and large window openings. It is a pity that the marauders treated that place so cruelly. But before the accident, it was a cozy place with beautiful decorations: tiles on the walls and red carpet on the floor.
There were many decorations, paintings and flowers here. What have they done here after the people left!. Obviously, this was not the decontamination work of the liquidators. This was just looting and vandalism.
Small parts of the once plush parquet floor remain on the floor. The tables, chairs and bar were also destroyed, as were the tiles that were on the walls.
Shabby columns in the middle of the hall and a view to the right of the main square of Pripyat.
Photo comparison: “Restaurant Polesie” before and after the Chernobyl accident.
The kitchen of the abandoned restaurant. Delicious dishes were cooked here. The restaurant menu had various meals, and common set meals were served.
There was still a little bit of equipment left in the kitchen, but these were rather leftovers. On the kitchen wall there was a strange graffiti.
The whole hoods over the place where there used to be stoves and ovens for cooking. At least something survived after the disaster and collapse of the USSR. The radiation level was normal.
A wooden reminder to the staff of the Polesie restaurant about the need for regular preventive medical examination. In modern public catering, this is a very important aspect.
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