First Toilet-Themed Restaurant Opens in Taipei
November 16, 2007 | 10,459
Crappy food ... diners tuck into their meals at the Modern Toilet diner in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiun.
This Taipei toilet-themed restaurant might consider it a compliment to be called an outhouse as the Modern Toilet diner is one of chain of themed eateries appealing to largely young clientele with a toilet humour. It's inspired by a Japanese cartoon featuring rest room images.
Owner Wang Tzi-wei opened his first Modern Toilet in 2004 after being inspired by a Japanese cartoon featuring restroom images and the toilet themes run through the food and drinks menus.
"It's really unusual, so special that it doesn't gross me out," said Betty Tsai, 16, a Taipei high school sophomore trying Modern toilet-themed restaurant for the first time on a friend's recommendation.
But for a few customers, the toilet humor is too much.
"My son thought it was disgusting and didn't know if he could finish his food," said Taipei mother Lin Li-ju.
Managers say the restaurant's popularity shows that Taipei customers, who have a choice of theme-eateries that resemble jailhouses and hospitals, appreciate creative dining.
"In the evenings, we easily fill up," Yang said. "Our headquarters is still looking at expansion."
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