An Expo Speeds The Pace Of Change...And The Site May Have A Big Future

The decor of the Viagem dos Sabores ("Voyage of Flavors") restaurant at the Lisbon Expo is a triumph of minimalism. The walls are white, adorned by two wispy, Picasso-like line drawings in a subdued brown. The sleek chairs provide only the surface necessary to comfortably support the human body. But a simple request for a glass of white wine can shatter the ultramodern image. Fifteen minutes later the headwaiter appears, red-faced, to report in flawless English: "I'm sorry, I could not find wine in any of the bottles left by the other patrons."

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