Well, Done: 10 Past-Their-Prime Abandoned Steakhouses

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These abandoned steakhouses once served up prime cuts of beef to steely-eyed dealmakers wielding steely knives. It’s enough to drive a Mad Men man mad!

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Mad Men may be coming to an end but classic steakhouses – those dimly-lit sanctuaries swathed in musky leather and red velour – have already ridden into the sunset. Did it help that besides doling out the most non-hipster fare imaginable, roadside steakhouses made most of their profits on overpriced, watered-down cocktails? No, no it did not.

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Flickr user Ryan (RetailByRyan95) photo-documents one such misteak-house, as it were, at the Jefferson Commons plaza in Newport News, VA. Perhaps the fad for all things Texan faded out along with the late and unlamented Urban Cowboy fashion trend, or might it be that the Texas Steakhouse & Saloon’s steaks had all the consistency of a grilled cowboy boot?

Steaks & Ladders

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“I wish I was in, Tijuana, eating barbecued iguana”... A decades-old Wall Of Voodoo tune could have been the inspiration for the above abandoned steakhouse’s decor – and possibly the menu as well. Only Flickr user Phillippe Reichert visited this unnamed abandoned steakhouse in Trinidad, CO on July 11th of 2013 where he captured the mystifying image above.

Oh The Irony

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Time was even a two-horse town like Brantford, Ontario had at least one steakhouse. They now have one less since The Iron Horse picked up its cowcatcher and went to the big sizzling grille in the sky. According to the hopeful-sounding copy on the For Lease sign outside, the building has a bar area, a banquet room for 100, and “Many Other Possible Uses”. It would seem “Steakhouse” is no longer one of them.

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Waffle Walls and Brains Made of Bread: 24 Edible Creations

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Who can take a hamburger, shape it into a Nike Air Max shoe? Clad the walls in waffles and paint with chocolate syrup, too? These artists can, and their edible creations are probably about to make you very hungry.

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One of mankind’s most revered artistic achievements, Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam,’ can be plucked right off the wall and eaten thanks to a recreation by food artist Michelle Wibowo. Half a billion cake sprinkles in 24 colors and 10,000 marshmallows went into the full-scale piece, which took 168 hours to complete for the 450th anniversary of the Italian master’s death.

Nike Air Max Hamburger

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When 8 creatives were asked to interpret 8 different Nike Sportswear shoes, one in particular went in an entirely unexpected direction. Olle Hemmendorff recreated the Air Max 90 in the form of “the most powerful, most durable and most delicious material known to man: hamburger.” Who can argue with that?

Chocolate Art Supplies

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Squeeze caramel, raspberry, green tea or brandy fillings out of edible chocolate bottles, or sprinkle the shavings from sharpened chocolate pencils onto your meal. Design firm Nendo created a 12-piece paint set as well as a set of edible chocolate pencils for the Seibu Department Store in Japan.

Super-Sweet Zen Rock Garden

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As if the experience of consuming a box of chocolates isn’t already relaxing enough on its own, designer Tomonori Saito takes it a few steps further with an edible zen rock garden. Draw delicate lines in the sand-like sugar around black sesame and green tea rocks.

Life-Sized Gingerbread House

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Somewhere at the intersection of Willy Wonka, Santa and Hans Christian Anderson lies this life-sized, almost entirely edible gingerbread house with waffles for walls, candy chandeliers, 144 pounds of chocolate ganache mortar, 660 gallons of marshmallows and 2,500 gingerbread tiles. Architecture firm Alma-nac created the ten-foot-tall house to raise funding for a hospital, and it was devoured by a thousand kids and parents in just three days.

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Buzzkill: 10 Sweet Abandoned Apiaries & Busted Beehives

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Honey, I’m not home! These abandoned apiaries and busted beehives once dispensed sweet liquid gold but now lie deserted, de-pollenated and depopulated.

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Fancy some honey? The charming red brick building housing The Altamaha Apiaries in Gardi, Georgia dates from 1900 and originally served as a post office / general store. At some point a local family took over the property and set up an apiary. Now gently deteriorating and festooned with flowering vines – descendants of those that once provided fancy pollen, perhaps – The Altamaha Apiaries no longer offers honey but serves instead as a favorite photographic subject for abandonment addicts.

Mutiny On The Botany

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Abandon a commercial beehive box for 8 days and you might not notice much difference. Abandoning a hive for 8 years is another story, however, and since every picture tells a story (thanks, Rod Stewart), kindly shift your gaze to the vine-encrusted hive above. According to The BeeHolder, this British bee box “had been neglected due to the beekeeper being hospitalised 8 years ago.” Hopefully the cause wasn’t being stung multiple times by his honey-making servants.

In The CatBee Seat

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Better not bug this cat, it might start shooting bees out of its mouth. That would presume the ginger feline had been eating bees, mind you, and considering it’s resting in the midst of an abandoned apiary you’re free to draw your own conclusions. Kudos to Flickr user brainfeet, who captured this slightly surreal scene on May 17th of 2010.

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Deserted Aisles: 11 More Creepy Abandoned Supermarkets

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Supermarkets? More like Stupor Markets, amiright? That’s the case with these 11 abandoned supermarkets where “checkout” is more than a state of mind.

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Cleanup in aisle… well, all of ‘em actually, and you’d better bring a hazmat suit along with a bucket & mop. Almost 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident turned Pripyat into a creepy radioactive ghost town, the city’s snazzy supermarket recalls the good old days – Soviet style – when the shelves were stocked and the shopping carts had wheels.

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Urbex ubergeek Florian from Abandoned Kansai visited the abandoned supermarket just off Lenin Square back in January of 2011 and lived to tell the tale – and post the images above. According to Florian’s native guide Maxim, Pripyat was a privileged place before the 1986 disaster and the central supermarket “was one of the few places in the Soviet Union that actually sold Chanel Nº 5.” Now it just stinks.

Well, ByeVee

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The soaring “V for Victory” signpost standing resolutely Ozymandias-like in the Iowa summer sun indicates the above abandoned supermarket above was once a HyVee. Flickr user Andrew T…has left the building captured the forlorn state of the place in June of 2012, sometime after HyVee consolidated their two existing Newton, IA stores into a newer, larger complex.

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Abandoned in 1999, the old Howard Park Super Pride supermarket on Liberty Heights Avenue finally succumbed to the wrecking ball after ShopRite selected the site for their new store.

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Though it’s good to see any neighborhood revitalized, the oddly gentle demolition of the Super Pride’s landmark sign had to bring a tear to more than a few local eyes.

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