Have You Been To This Brand New 'Stranger Things' Café In Tokyo?

Have You Been To This Brand New 'Stranger Things' Café In Tokyo?

Updated on August 16, 2022 20:27 PM by Anthony Christian

Japanese fans of Netflix's "Stranger Things" can chow down on demonic pasta and rock out to retro 1980s tunes at a pop-up cafe inspired by the horror drama.

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Themed pop-up café!

The shop, a partnership with local eatery chain Pronto Corp, recently extended its run in the fashionable Shibuya district of Tokyo for several months amid overwhelming demand.

The sci-fi hit "Stranger Things" has remained one of the streamer's top 10 shows in Japan since its 4th season in May.

The interior has replications of shops and sets from the show, set in the fictional U.S. town of Hawkins, Indiana, along with its dark-mirror underworld that the preteen protagonists call the "Upside Down."

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Patrons can take shots next to the drama's signature Demogorgon monster while songs from the show, such as Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," plays in the background.

Diners can eat food inspired by the show, such as squid-ink pasta arranged like the monster's head or the waffles that the psychically powered star character Eleven craved.

To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, now battering Japan in record numbers, the cafe requires visitors to make a reservation, and only about 20 people are allowed inside every hour.

The 29-year-old mother, Kimiko Nakae, "Every day at midnight, I have been trying to book a table on my phone," adding, "Finally, there's an opening today because someone had canceled the reservation."

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Tokyo is well-known for themed restaurants and cafés:

Tokyo has a long tradition of themed eateries and cafes, featuring everything from ninja servers and exotic animals to vampire-inspired cuisine.

But like many tourist-oriented businesses, the sector has been hard hit by the pandemic. The Lockup, a chain of haunted prison eateries, ended a 23-year run when its final location closed last month, joining the fate of the famous Robot Restaurant, flashy music and dance spectacle in the red-light district of Kabukicho that closed in March 2020.

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