At this eatery, you wash dishes to pay for your meal


Pop-up restaurant in Paris to take dishwashing duty as payment.

Most of the time, it's what happens if you come up short on cash at the end of a meal the restaurant owner asks you and your fellow diners to roll up your sleeves and wash dishes to pay off your debt. But at a pop-up restaurant to be opened by the dishwashing liquid brand Mir in Paris this Oct 16-18, payment in sink duty will be the norm.

La Bastide d'Opio, a restaurant in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, accepted to lend its locale to this original initiative. The façade of the eatery has been completely transformed, and the space inside has also been reconfigured around the central element of a dishwashing trough.

After their meal, diners are asked to wash a certain quantity of dishes (with Mir products, of course), depending on the items ordered. After savouring the chocolate cake, for example, a customer will be required to wash four flatware place settings (see menu below).

For those willing to roll up their sleeves, reservations are now open for tables of between two and eight guests. One service at lunchtime and two at dinner (7pm and 9pm) will allow a total of 30 people to try out the experience. (Note: At present, all bookings have been filled but patrons are welcome to try their luck should there be cancellations.)

Mir Restaurant is at 9 Rue Grisarde, Paris 75006. Reservations: www.mir-restaurant.com (website in French). – AFP Relaxnews

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