Magic Restroom Café… It’s What it Sounds Like

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This post was written by Gideon Brower and made possible by KCRW’s Independent Producer Project

A restaurant serving food in miniature urinals and toilet bowls to patrons seated on toilets sounds like something you’d see in a comedy sketch, or a nightmare. It does not sound like a commercial venture in which people would invest real money. So it’s not till you’re actually perched on a toilet lid, plucking Chinese food from a small porcelain commode with chopsticks, that you fully accept the fact that here, on the second floor of a shopping mall deep in the San Gabriel Valley, someone has realized the most disgusting concept in dining since the ancient Roman vomitorium. And yet, on the first day the restaurant was officially open for business, it was packed.