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Elephant stir helps Seoul eatery

Animal trainer stands by a fleeing elephant to capture, at a restaurant in Seoul, Wednesday, April 20, 2005.
The elephants broke into the restaurant after one panicked

A South Korean barbecue restaurant that was trampled by elephants last month has reopened after repairs and is now capitalising on its mishap.

The eatery in the capital, Seoul, has been renamed Restaurant Where Elephants Have Been and is offering a special elephant-inspired menu.

Three elephants smashed windows and overturned tables on 20 April after escaping from an amusement park.

Customers fled in terror. One woman was knocked down, suffering broken ribs.

But now the owner of the restaurant, Keum Taek-hoon, has used the insurance money she received after the break-in to remodel her restaurant.

It now has a sign featuring three elephants and offers an "elephant set" - seven vegetable dishes and a hot soup, "since elephants like to eat vegetables", she said.

Ms Keum said many more customers were now visiting her restaurant, out of curiosity.

"What can I say about the elephants? Thank you for causing the trouble? Well, that just might be right," she said.

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