Don’t judge a book by its cover, and certainly don’t judge a restaurant by its facade. From humble beginnings as sailing ships or locomotive roundhouses, these converted establishments have found a new lease on life as RESTAURANTS, BARS — even as a BREWERY.
The Church, Dublin
This bar and nightclub used to be — yes, you guessed it — a church. Formerly the St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, this 18th-century place of worship has been converted into a restaurant and bar boasting four floors and an outdoor terrace. Junction of Mary and Jervis streets, www.thechurch.ie
The Airplane Restaurant; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Seated inside a fully intact Boeing KC-97 tanker, up to 42 patrons can dine on grilled fresh North Atlantic salmon stuffed with crab and shrimp while viewing the hundreds of pieces of aviation memorabilia that adorn the interior. 1665 N. Newport Road, www.solosrestaurant.com
Steam Whistle Brewing, Toronto
Steam Whistle Brewing, the creator of Canada’s premium pilsner, has kept the John Street Roundhouse — previously a steam-locomotive repair facility — intact, with the building’s original steam whistle available for guests to pull as they tour the facility. 255 Bremner Blvd., www.steamwhistle.ca
Built in 1904 as a grand, four-masted ship, Moshulu spent its days transporting goods to ports around the world. Now the ship-turned-restaurant is anchored along the Delaware River, and diners enjoy the likes of steak tartare or sushi on its decks. 401 S. Columbus Blvd., www.moshulu.com