What does it take to have the ultimate dining experience at a restaurant? Most of the time, it requires both delicious food and excellent service. One without the other will turn the time into a memory you don’t want to remember. One of the situations that frustrates customers the most is receiving the wrong dish that they clearly didn’t order. You no longer trust your waiter and now you have to either eat something you don’t want to eat or wait even longer for your actual dish to come out. But what would happen if you entered a restaurant expecting to receive the wrong order?Your experience at the restaurant also depends on the service you receive from the waiters and waitresses.
Ironically enough, one particular restaurant that recently opened up was offering exactly that and only that.
It mysteriously popped up out of nowhere in Tokyo’s Toyosu district.
The name is a clever spin on Kenji Miyazawa’s 1924 tale, “The Restaurant of Many Orders.”
As you can see in the photo below, the logo had a tongue sticking out and one of the characters written sideways.
Well, the pop-up restaurant is special — it purposely hired food servers who have dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Unfortunately, the pop-up restaurant was on a trial period and was only open from June 2nd-4th, this year.
Dining in with services like this changes a person’s view on those who suffer from memory issues.
That is with a little bit of understanding and patience from our end, people with dementia and Alzheimer’s can very much be functioning members in society.
When she dined in at the restaurant, she ordered a hamburger, but received gyoza dumplings instead.
Kudo noted that the younger waiters looked like they were having a lot of fun and were all genuinely smiling the whole time.
In fact, the pop-up restaurant was hosted by Maggie’s Tokyo.
Nonetheless, organizers are planning on bringing another pop-up event to life in September to match up with World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21st.
During this month, there is an international campaign in action that raises awareness and challenge stigma.
It’s also a time for people to reflect on the impact of dementia.