"Did you hear about the new restaurant on the moon? Great food but no atmosphere!”
The “restaurant on the moon” joke appears to date from the early 1970s, just after NASA’s Apollo program successfully landed a man on the moon. The food is always good in all the jokes, but the restaurant has “no atmosphere” (or “little atmosphere” or “lacks atmosphere"). The joke appears in many joke collections.
The Catering Industry Employee:
Official journal of the Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union
v. 82-83 - 1973
Waiter: How do you like this restaurant, the first on the moon?
Customer: It’s great but it lacks atmosphere.
Google News Archive
31 March 1985, Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), pg. J2, cols. 2-3:
“Did you know (Coeur d’Alene tycoon) Duane Hagadone just built a restaurant on the moon? Yeah, it has good food and good prices, but little atmosphere. Har-har-har-ha-ha-ho-ho-ho...”
27 August 1985, Toronto Star, pg. A2:
“Hear about that great new restaurant on the moon?”
“Terrific food but no atmosphere.”
The World’s Best Professional Jokes
By Clifford Sawhney
Did you hear about the new restaurant on the moon? Great food but no atmosphere!
A Prairie Home Companion Pretty Good Joke Book
Minneapolis, MN: HighBridge Co.
Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? The food is terrific, but there’s no atmosphere.
New York City • Restaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • (0) Comments • Saturday, August 15, 2009 • Permalink