A Soviet full-sized helicopter Mi-2 was restored to its former glory by transforming into a cartoon-like cafe at Minsk National Airport.
“Passengers” can press all the buttons and even sit behind the rudder. Cooool!
Local businessman Evgeny Vasiliev purchased the chopper that previously belonged to the Ministry of Emergency Situations and flew to far Africa.
The Mi-2 was first introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1965, the one that stands at the airport’s second floor is actually 34-year-old, meaning the location and vehicle are peers.
After spending BYN 10,000, Evgeny says he has spent even more on its restoration but doesn’t want to go into numbers since the project is not about money but about people.
The height of the helicopter is 3.5 meters, the width is 4.5 meters, the length is 12 meters. And the doors are 1.8 meters wide and 2 meters high. A cafe is open 24 hours a day and has 34 seats.
A piece of cheesecake on the menu costs BYN 6 ($3 or €2,60), honey cake BYN 5.5 ($2,50 or €2,40), sandwiches start from BYN 7 ($3,50 or €3 ), americano from BYN 3 ($1,50 or €1,30), cappuccino is about BYN 6 ($3 or €2,60), a cup of latte or tea costs BYN 4.5-5 ($2,50 or €2,20).
Recall that this spring Evgeny Vasiliev and his business partner bought the Soviet aircraft An-2 and put it on the Oktyabrskaya street in Minsk to turn it into another fancy place.