Cha Cha’s Has Really Outdone Itself With This Teddy-Bear-Stuffing Machine

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Photo: Daniel Maurer

Sometimes in their effort to lure in customers, restaurants become completely unhinged. It happened to Kenka when it put that weird goblin thing outside. And now it has happened to Cha Chas, a Little Italy eatery that has always been a bit off-kilter. Witness the drinks named after Tony Danza, Tommy Lasorda, Danny DeVito, and Leonard DiCaprio (sadly, libations like the Frozen Titanic have gone up $2 in the past months and itll now cost you $15 to get one in a Cha Chas souvenir glass). Anyway, what has Cha Chas gone and done now? Theyve installed a build-your-own-teddy-bear machine by the bar.

You pay $10 for the bear, $15 for a Spider-man outfit or some such, stuff a hose up the bears backside, and fill it with fluff. Sounds crazy, right? Granted not as crazy as this video, in which the whole process is accompanied by dance-tastic house music. Then again, something had to fill the void that Chinatown Fair left nearby.