Summary of “The Building of the World Trade Center Restaurant Windows on the World”

There are few New York City restaurants more storied than Windows on the World.
The restaurant made its debut on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1976, offering sweeping views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey – the earth itself peppered with the buildings, the bridges, the Statue of Liberty; the sky with tourist helicopters.
On that day, 73 Windows on the World employees lost their lives, and the stirring prologue of Tom Roston’s The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World focuses on that day: both the seeming averageness of it among the employees heading into work, and the still-palpable ache as New Yorkers look back, 18 years later.
At night, the restaurant would be open to the public, which could use the World Trade Center’s 2,000-car underground garage for free.
The closest comparisons were smaller eateries Baum had set up with Restaurant Associates in Montreal building complexes Place Bonaventure and Place Ville Marie, both of which had restaurants and shops.
Windows on the World would function as an umbrella name for the group of eateries and bars on the 107th floor, most of which, other than the main restaurant, had unique names as well.
On the 107th floor were the five restaurants and bars, plus catering, that fell under the Windows on the World rubric.
Windows on the World would do a greater share of its preparation work in its own kitchen, but the rule for the restaurants and food stations below the 107th floor was to have Central Services, which covered 27,000 square feet, provide almost all the initial preparation of raw materials.

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