Pop-Up Restaurant Only Employs Waiters With Dementia and Alzheimer's
The Restaurant of Order Mistakes was a special pop-up in Tokyo that looked to inspire empathy for those with degenerative disorders
Tokyo’s Toyosu district was the site of a one-of-a-kind pop-up restaurant: ‘The Restaurant of Order Mistakes' (a pun on the title of a Japanese story collection). The uniqueness of the establishment was not its food, but rather its staff, as all of the waiters hired had dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Open on the first weekend of June, this restaurant was designed to bring awareness to these degenerative conditions and also inspire a empathy and understanding for those who live with it on a daily basis. Diners came in and placed their order with a waiter, who may or may not bring them the food they requested. The restaurant was hosted by Maggie’s Tokyo, a center for cancer patients. While the pop-up restaurant has closed, organizers are planning to do another event in September as part of World Alzheimer’s Day, perhaps reopening the restaurant for another round of mistaken orders.