‘Avilki’s Exotic Meals’ Prepares To Deorbit Aging Restaurant
FITTAKAN - It is busy in orbit of Gulfonodi XI as ‘Avilki’s Exotic Meals’ corporation prepares their famous first restaurant, The Impulse, for its descent into the ocean planet below. The venerable Gersten-class mini-station had served hungry and adventurous Gulfonodians for over 40 years until its closure last month, but now its tale is coming to a dramatic end, as outlined by its owner and operator, Garle Avilki;
“It is an end of an era. I’ve worked here almost every day for the past forty years, so of course I’m sad to let it go, probably more than anyone. But the operating costs of this 55 year old station had risen year after year, with aging systems requiring difficult repairs or replacements as years passed, so much so that it was becoming an increasing financial drain. As a final nail to the coffin, I couldn’t find anyone who would have wanted to buy it even for scrap, so I opted to decommission it with style.”
No danger to residents of Gulfonodi XI is expected because of the deorbiting, as the station is estimated to burn up almost entirely during controlled descent, and its largest surviving parts are calculated to hit the surface thousands of kilometers away from inhabited areas. As part of the deorbiting preparations the station is being stripped of hazardous materials in order to minimize the impact to the planet’s ecosystem.
There are currently no plans to open another restaurant in its place, according to AEM’s press release, leaving the orbit “symbolically indefinitely vacant.”
The station is scheduled to be deorbited later this week in what is expected to become a small but notable event with many local VIPs, including a number of local clan chiefs, already voicing their desire to come watch the decommissioning ceremony in person.
A brief history of Avilki’s Exotic Meals
The Impulse started as an ambitious project by Mr. Avilki in late YC 78. Already managing two successful restaurants in Aeddin III offering traditional Minmatar cuisine, he in his own words, “Just felt that I was meant to do something bigger.”
Something bigger in this case was to open a restaurant in space, but not just any restaurant. He needed something that larger stations could not offer for his vision: “Breathtaking low-orbit views, that you were partaking in something special, yet offering an intimate, homely feel.”
Much to the surprise of many of his close friends and family, he then sold his successful businesses, mortgaged his terrestrial home in Aeddin for a sizable loan and bought the Gersten modular station already in orbit of Gulfonodi XI, previously operated by Core Complexion as a minor research facility, and began the work of modifying it to a luxury restaurant.
Approximately half a year later in mid-YC 79, The Impulse opened for business after an energetic advertisement campaign, becoming an instant hit for the well-off citizens of the system, offering exciting mixes of traditional Minmatar food with fusion dishes of Minmatar-Gallente cuisine, as well as local food sourced from Gulfonodi XI.
By YC 90 , Mr. Avilki had created a small business empire, having opened similar restaurants in orbit of Gulfonodi VI and VII, both of which are still in operation and enjoy popularity among business owners, wealthy tourists, VIPs and are popular venues for those seeking to make larger meetings and gatherings extra-memorable.
Garle Avilki, now 76 years old, is the 14th richest permanent resident in Gulfonodi.
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