Every order is a surprise in this restaurant.

Dementia affects 47.5 million people with 9.9 million new cases each year worldwide. A pop-up restaurant in Tokyo was open for three days in an attempt to change the public’s perception of those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Restaurant of Order Mistakes was staffed by sufferers of these disorders.

A few weeks ago six waitresses took orders and served food to customers in the short-lived restaurant. Each waitress suffers either from dementia or Alzheimer’s. One waitress, who used to work in a school, decided to participate since she was used to cooking for children and thought she could do it. 

Mizuho Kudo, a customer during the event, tweeted that while she ordered a hamburger, gyoza dumplings came out of the kitchen instead. But, she added that it was all fun and smiles and that she enjoyed the meal nonetheless. The concept was developed by executives from television, advertising, and the restaurant industry. It was a non-profit undertaking and the cooking was done by professionals, to show that people with dementia or Alzheimer’s are still capable of more than we think.

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