In recent weeks, the biggest trend sweeping the restaurant industry has been the movement to allow customers to dine in the nude. London’s first naked restaurant, Bunyadi, currently boasts 46,000 eager customers on its waiting list, and in May, the au naturale dining experience inspired a similar event in Australia.
Now, it seems Japan is cashing in on the naked restaurant craze, too, with the opening of The Amrita in Tokyo on July 29. Meaning “immortality” in Sanskrit, the pop-up restaurant is actually more reserved than its European and Australian counterparts in some ways, and comes with a few catches. First, according to Rocket News 24, patrons won’t actually be fully naked. Instead, customers will be asked to wear “paper underpants” (due to some understandable sanitary concerns) before they can be served by the restaurant’s stable of “men with the world’s most beautiful bodies.”
But beyond the false advertising, the restaurant has another problem. Amrita will reportedly refuse to serve guests who are more than 33 pounds above the “average body weight.” The restaurant will also ban patrons who are over 60-years-old, and is planning to use Body Mass Index—a system that measures fat based on weight and height—before granting admittance. Tattoos can also get customers blacklisted from the restaurant.
But despite Amrita’s body-positivity issues, the restaurant is shaping up to be a hit. According to Rocket News 24, entry to the event costs between $112 and $563, and tickets have already sold out to see the g-string clad waitstaff perform a dance routine.
“To return to the old days of Adam and Eve, please enjoy the feast of the gods,” a translation of Amrita’s website reads.
[via Rocket News 24]