NEXT STOPS US AND CHINA, POPULAR CZECH BEER TRAIN MOVES ABROAD|模仿迴轉壽司 捷克迴轉啤酒餐廳大受歡迎

Model railway trains have been serving up speedy drinks to diners in restaurants for nearly a decade in the Czech Republic. Now, having drinks delivered to the table by a toy train is proving to be so successful, the concept is catching on in the U.S and in China. Next stop - table 15. This is the Vytopna Restaurant in Prague where the customers put their orders in and a few minutes later, a Piko model freight train arrives at their table and stops right in front of them with the delivery. The only thing they have to do is to pick up their glass before the train departs. It's reasonably fast, efficient and fun. The Vytopna is one of three railway restaurants in the Czech capital. Petr Fridrich came up with the concept in the Czech city of Brno in 2009. ==PETR FRIDRICH, Owner of Vytopna Restaurant== I used to collect engines, old trains and that paved the way for me to this. It's a sort of business combined with a hobby. Until now, elaborate networks of rail tracks have made sure that drinks have been delivered in time to some 6 million patrons. One of the restaurants in Prague serves about 1,500 on average every day, about half of them foreign tourists. And about 10 percent of them are children according to Fridrich. And after being successfully tested on beer loving Czechs, the next stops for the train carriage service are the United States and China. ==PETR FRIDRICH, Owner of Vytopna Restaurant== We were looking for an interesting place in the United States and we ended up in Chicago. That we wanted to start making beer added to our decision. There is also a large German community, they know what it (beer) is about and a significantly large space was available. So at the moment, we are finalising the last details of the rental contract. The Piko trains might also be replaced by newer models Fridrich has been developing with his team. ==BLAKE WILLIAMS, Tourist from USA== It's nice, you get a big glass of beer in a little coach, it's interesting. If business goes well, the plan would be for some 30 such restaurants in America. While Fridrich will operate his first U.S. restaurant by himself, expansion into China will be based on franchising. The first restaurant is to open by the year's end, and there are preliminary deals for some 120 in next 15 years according to Fridrich. TRANSLATED BY:JESSICA OY