In Truskavets, Ukraine, a giant coffin made of pine wood sits in an unassuming parking lot. At 20 meters (about 65.6 feet) long, six meters (about 19.6 feet) wide, and six meters high, it’s said to hold the record for largest coffin in the world.
But this freestanding structure isn’t just a coffin. It’s also an eatery, called Eternity Restaurant, run by undertakers at a funeral parlor as a side business. They opened it with hopes of winning a world record and bring tourists to Truskavets, which is in the westernmost part of the country, relatively near to its border with Poland. Inside the windowless venue are a number of regular-sized coffins leaning against the walls, as well as funeral wreaths. Tables are decorated by solitary candles to get visitors in the mood for a little morbidity. Little has been written about it since 2008, but we hope the restaurant is still alive and kicking. With dishes named “Let’s Meet in Paradise,” we sure hope so.
Other dishes include salads named “Nine Day” and “Forty Day,” which are named after mourning rituals practiced in the area.