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Seattle targeted for 1st Sci-Fi Cafe

Son of Scotty driving themed restaurant push

NEW YORK — Christopher Doohan, son of “Star Trek’s” James (Scotty) Doohan, told Daily Variety his private investor group has identified a site in Seattle to launch its Sci-fi Cafe theme restaurant chain.

Doohan, who founded Sci-Fi Cafe Inc. and serves as its CEO, also said the chain plans to roll into Las Vegas soon after its opening near Seattle’s Pike Street in March 1999.

New York and Los Angeles as well were identified as near-term locations for restaurants, and were said to be backed at between $5 million and $7 million apiece.

Although theme restaurants are hardly Wall Street darlings these days — Planet Hollywood has recently seen its stock tank and its credit assigned a “junk” rating — Sci-Fi Inc. isn’t straying from the formula.

Identified as “owners and/or endorsers” of the chain are such “Trek” stars as Nichele Nichols (Uhura), George Takei (Sulu) and Walter Keonig (Chekov), who will promote the chain through media and convention appearances.

Doohan said the cafe’s universe of backers would extend to other domains as well, including “Star Wars” and “Battlestar Galactica.”

According to the chain’s Website, http://www.sci-ficafe.com, there’ll also be the requisite displays — “The History of Sci-Fi” and “The Sci-Fi Hall of Fame,” in this case — and a cuisine Doohan called “intergalactic.”

In fact, when asked what would distinguish the chain other than its sci-fi theme, Doohan cited the food. It would represent the sort of value, he said, that not only serves as a tourist magnet but turns locals into regulars.

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