Crazy or creative COVID idea? Prado owner wants to put an observation wheel in Balboa Park

One of the county’s highest-profile restaurateurs, beset by a pandemic eating into the health of his long-standing business, is taking on another sky-high challenge. David Cohn of the Cohn Restaurant Group, which operates the Prado at Balboa Park, is now working to convince stakeholders that the city’s historic landmark would greatly benefit from a temporary observation wheel erected immediately.

Thursday evening, Cohn pitched the attraction — what’s being referred to as the Balboa Park Star — to the Balboa Park Committee, the city’s official advisory group for park matters. The idea, recycled from one that was contemplated and rejected ahead of Balboa Park’s centennial celebration in 2015, is to work with operator Sky Views of America for a short-term installation of the company’s 148-foot observation wheel, the R50 XL, in the park’s Plaza de Panama. And, if doable, Cohn also wants to offer visitors a food and beverage experience inside

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