America’s First Toilet-Themed Restaurant Opens For Business

10/16/2013 at 06:43 AM ET

Magic Bathroom Cafe Toilet Restaurant
Courtesy Magic Bathroom Cafe

We’ll spare you all the toilet-humor jokes racing through our brains right now, but let the record show: We’re overflowing with them! (Okay, maybe just the one.)

The Magic Restroom Cafe opens in a suburb of L.A. on Friday and, as the name suggests, it’s a wall-to-wall, porcelain-throne paradise in there.

Bathroom-themed restaurants have had great success in Japan and China in recent years—over a dozen Modern Toilet locations have opened in Taiwan alone—so it seems inevitable that the trend would eventually come stateside.

Magic Bathroom Cafe Toilet Restaurant
Courtesy Magic Bathroom Cafe

What can American diners expect if they visit the new spot? Step into the cafe’s lobby to see walls fitted with real—but, thankfully, non-working—urinals and toilets; a main dining room filled with toilet-lined tables; and booths decorated with dangling shower heads. Think that’s crazy? Well, folks, we haven’t even talked about the (potentially gag-inducing) food.

Dishes are served in miniature porcelain toilet bowls and—you guessed it—prepared to resemble something that would actually belong in there. According to Eater LA, the menu includes thick brown curries, “black poop” (chocolate sundae), “smells-like-poop” (braised pork over rice), “constipation” (zha jiang mian) and a “bloody number two” (vanilla-strawberry sundae).

Mmm … appetizing? The restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.—so you can experience this bum deal any night of the week. (And, now we’re done.)

C’mon, tell us: Would you eat at a toilet-themed restaurant? 

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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Anonymous on

No. Gross.

Anonymous on

Hell no!

Pam on

That’s disgusting!

Bela on

What is the world coming to when a toilet themed restaurant falls under the title “Great Ideas”. Over 3000 miles away and it’s still too close. Ew.