‘Stranger Things’ cafe opens in Tokyo

Japanese fans of the sci-fi hit “Stranger Things” can chow down on demonic pasta and throw on 1980s retro tunes at a pop-up cafe inspired by the Netflix horror drama.

The store, a joint venture with restaurant chain Pronto Corp, has extended its run in Tokyo’s Shibuya district by several months amid high demand. “Stranger Things” has remained one of the streamer’s top 10 shows in Japan since the release of its fourth season in May.

The interior includes replicas of stores and settings from the show, set in the American town of Hawkins, Indiana, with its dark glass interior that the preteen protagonists call the “Upside Down.”

Like the children of Hawkins, you can ride your bike.

Like the children of Hawkins, you can ride your bike.

Pronto

Fans can take pictures behind the game’s signature Demogorgon series while songs from the show, such as Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” play in the background.

Diners can eat food inspired by the show, such as squid-ink pasta shaped like a monster’s head or waffles favored by the star character. Eleven.

To reduce the impact of the spread of COVID-19, which is currently gripping Japan in numbers, the cafe requires guests to make a reservation and only about 20 people allowed within each hour.

“Every day at midnight, I tried to record a table on my phone,” said 29-year-old mother Kimiko Nakae. “It’s finally open today because someone canceled the booking.”

In the corner, see the famous alphabet string lights from the show.

In the corner, see the famous alphabet string lights from the show.

Pronto

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

But like many tourism industries, the sector has been affected by the epidemic. The Lockup, a chain of haunted prisons, ended a 23-year run when its last location closed last month, along with the demise of the popular Robot Restaurant. , a song and dance performance in Kabukicho’s red light district closed inside. March 2020.

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