The worst thing that can happen at a restaurant is the waiter getting your order all wrong, but imagine going to a restaurant where that’s exactly what was meant to happen? Well, if you go to The Restaurant of Order Mistakes in Tokyo’s Toyosu district, that’s exactly the kind of service you’ll get from waiters with dementia. What’s on the menu? Innovation, fun, and inclusion! Let’s take a look!
WHEN MISTAKES POP-UP
From June 2nd to June 4th, 2017, patrons who popped up at The Restaurant of Order Mistakes in Tokyo’s Toyosu district were treated to a cluster of mistakes, courtesy of the staff who suffers from dementia and tend to screw up everyone’s orders.
THE SERVICE IS INSANE
If you go into the restaurant knowing that you could order a hamburger and wind up getting gyoza dumplings instead, you’ll get a better understanding of what those suffering from brain disease go through.
ONE ORDER MISTAKE COMING UP
Food blogger Mizuho Kudo visited the restaurant and had a blast because despite the orders being all wrong, what the waiter brought to the table was unexpectedly delicious.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE
It’s always nice, but oh-so rare to get a happy and upbeat waiter or waitress, (getting paid minimum wage is not that fun!) but in here, the waiters were not only smiling, but also seemed to looove doing their job!
The premise behind the pop-up restaurant is to get everyday folks get a better understanding of what patients with dementia go through and how they can still be functioning members of society. It’s about making a space for them too!
If you’re one of those people that can’t ever make up their minds when looking at a menu, this is the perfect restaurant because it takes the stress out of deciding. Plus, Japanese food is always delicious no matter what you get.
DON’T BLAME YOURSELF
When you order something and hate it, you only have yourself to blame. But if you get something that you didn’t order and you don’t like it, then you won’t have to kick yourself for it later. Total win-win!
CONTRIBUTION IS SO DELICIOUS
When people suffer from mental and developmental disabilities, they lose their sense of purpose, but this project allows them to contribute to their environment while raising awareness of people with special needs.
THE VIABLE BUSINESS PLAN
You’d never have imagined that getting orders wrong would be a great business plan, but folks seem to get a kick out of ordering a seafood entree and then getting a three course family dinner instead. You have to admit, it’s pretty wacky.
AND THE MISTAKES CONTINUE
Since the trial period in June was such a success, the initiators of the pop-up restaurant are planning to do another event on September 21st to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day. So you’ll have to wait to see what blunders these waiters will serve up next.