Japan’s ‘Stranger Things’-themed cafe serves Demogorgon pasta, Eleven’s waffles, more

Japanese fans of the sci-fi hit “Stranger Things” can chow down on demonic pasta and rock out to retro Nineteen Eighties tunes at a pop-up cafe inspired by the Netflix Inc horror drama.

The shop, a partnership with local restaurant chain Pronto Corp, recently prolonged its run within the fashionable Shibuya district of Tokyo several months amid overwhelming demand. “Stranger Things” has remained one in all the streamer’s top 10 shows in Japan because the release of its fourth season in May.

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The inside has replicas of outlets and sets from the show, set in fictional US town of Hawkins, Indiana, together with its dark-mirror underworld that the pre-teen protagonists call the “Upside Down.”

Stranger Things themed cafe in Japan. (Twitter)

Patrons can take pictures next to the drama’s signature Demogorgon monster while songs from the show, reminiscent of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” play within the background.

Diners can nosh on food inspired by the show, reminiscent of squid-ink pasta arranged just like the monster’s head or the waffles craved by the psychically powered star character, Eleven.

Stranger Things themed cafe in Japan. (Twitter)

Stranger Things themed cafe in Japan. (Twitter)

To scale back the chance spreading COVID-19, now battering Japan in record infections, the cafe requires visitors to make a reservation and only about 20 are allowed inside every hour.

Stranger Things themed cafe in Japan. (Twitter)

Stranger Things themed cafe in Japan. (Twitter)

“Day by day at midnight, I even have been attempting to book a table on my phone,” said 29-year-old mother Kimiko Nakae. “Finally there’s a gap today because someone had cancelled the reservation.”

Tokyo has a protracted tradition of themed restaurants and cafes, featuring the whole lot from ninja waiters and exotic animals to vampire-inspired cuisine.

Stranger Things themed cafe in Japan. (Twitter)

Stranger Things themed cafe in Japan. (Twitter)

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

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