Japanese restaurant served the last meals of death row inmates
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Japanese restaurant served the last meals of death row inmates

TOKYO — What do you feel like for dinner? Morbid, with a side of Disturbing perhaps?

The Ningen Restaurant in Tokyo raised a few eyebrows this month when it launched a pop-up dining experience during which guests ordered dishes inspired by the last meals of Death Row inmates in the U.S.

During the two weeks it was open (it closed on Oct. 28 leading up to Halloween), the pop-up offered meals that included broccoli, asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes and hot tea (the last meal of the Florida ‘Black Widow’ in 1998), and a hamburger, baked potato, hard-boiled egg and three shots of Jack Daniels, which were enjoyed by murderer Gary Mark Gilmore prior to his execution.

The morbid concept was the brainchild of art collective Chim↑Pom, and also included a gallery of artwork by Yasuyuki Nishio and Mermann Nitsch.

And if the idea of eating criminals’ last meals wasn’t spooky enough, Ningen Restaurant (which also means The ‘Human’ Restaurant) was also housed in the Kabukicho Book Center, a squalid place scheduled for demolition this fall.

With such disturbing details, we bet diners rushed through their meals. Check, please!