Over the years, restaurants have become more than places that serve food. In order to attract customers, they must keep them entertained while they eat. While some restaurants try unique concepts to keep ahead in the extremely competitive food business, some do it out of sheer love for that concept, because it is fun or because they are uniquely qualified to engage in those unique activities. Whatever be the reason, there are several restaurants who’s quirks surprise and interest us. We have listed ten below that we found to be the most unusual restaurants in the world.
1. Kayabukiya Tavern
You are served by monkeys dressed up as waiters.
Located to the north of Tokyo in the city of Utsunomiya, the Kayabukiya Tavern is a traditional Japanese sake restaurant. The restaurant’s owner, Kaoru Otsuka, trained his two pet macaque monkeys named Yat-chan and Fuku-chan to perform various table-waiting duties. According to Otsuka, Yat-chan first started imitating him while he was working. Then one day out of curiosity, he gave Yat-chan a hot towel to see what would happen. Yat-chan proceeded to give it to a customer and from then on learned to take the customers’ orders and deliver them to their table.
Fuku-chan, who is younger, delivers the customers their hot towels to clean their hands. Since those first trials, Otsuka has brought in three more monkeys to join the others. The customers tip them with boiled soya beans, and at the end of the night, they give a dance performance with Otsuka playing some music. However, the monkeys only work for two hours a day because of Japanese animal rights regulations, and the tavern is closed on Tuesdays so the waiters have plenty of time to engage in their regular “monkey business”.(1, 2)