Lunching in the Loo
By Nishi On 16 Apr, 2013 At 01:34 PM | Categorized As Humour, International | With 0 Comments
Have you ever eaten in the loo? Not even when you had to gobble that last pastry all by yourself hiding from your bully sister? Or, you have been grossed out at the sight of people taking their milk while on the pot? Would you come if I say I’d treat you to a delicious meal in a quirky London restaurant which was once a public restroom?

From restroom to restaurant: Attendant Cafe

We have heard of weird-themed restaurants where you sat eating in a mental asylum and had nurses and doctors serving you food, or spooky dine-ins where one ate a meal in total darkness. But London-based chef Tom Seller decided to go a step ahead and opened his new restaurant, Story, in the place where once stood a public restroom! Yes, right at the spot!

The talented chef offers fancy dishes including a ten-course menu in his glitzy new eating joint. And he is not alone. Only last month, another public urinal saw a makeover when Peter Tomlinson decided to build it into a snack bar and thoughtfully named it ‘Attendant Café’.

It is not likely that passers-by will confuse it with the place they peed at the other day, because this urinal was built in the 19th century. Yes, the Victorians endowed it with some historic…piss. And so, the owner decided to respect the immense historical value, and retained many of the period features. The biggest ‘retention’ being the (hold your breath) urinals. No, you don’t actually need to hold your breath; the place has been thoroughly disinfected and scented up. But you might lose some appetite sitting in a cubicle that was once a urinal, or having your plate rest on porcelain that has seen much more than coffee and sandwiches.

Why the pissing business: sky-high property rates, and space crunch in cities. It is being seen as a cost-effective and space-utilization method, especially in populated urban areas.

How’s it doing: One month into its opening, and it has already become popular with many. The place is being seen as an attractive tourist spot.  It does help that the preparations are said to be exquisite, and despite the old-public-toilet-look, the interiors are just enough cozy and quirky to attract foodies.  True they say, when you gotta go, you gotta go.


About - Nishi Jain spent five years studying English literature at Delhi University, at the end of which she realized 'all art is useless'. Another two years editing novels and writing newspaper articles, and shouting herself hoarse in street plays, she realized that erudition never got anybody anywhere. So, she took off and visited the four corners of India, came back, and announced that the best thing in the world was cheesecake. Now, she just writes, plays ping pong, and eats cake on the sly.

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