Restaurant Day

Hi you,

have you ever dreamed of opening your own restaurant or cafe?

I’d love to have my own cute little cafe and about a year ago, I did. And on the 17th of February, you could too.

Why and how? Well, Restaurant Day.

The idea is that on Restaurant Day anyone anywhere can open their own pop-up restaurant. Sounds like so much fun, doesn’t it?

It all began when on the 21st of May on 2011 when an idea by three finnish friends had travelled through social media. On the very first Restaurant Day there were almost 40 pop-up restaurants in Finland.

The event was hugely popular and on the next Restaurant Day on August there were already almost 200 restaurants in 30 cities and four countries. On the sixth restaurant Day there were already 800 restaurants in 15 different countries. Quite amazing, right?

So, the Restaurant Day on the 17th is the eight already.

I attended Restaurant Day number four on 4th of February last year. And it was just so much fun. Me and a dear friend who I had the cafe with thought that it might be fun.

But boy, we did not know what was coming. There were over 70 people who came and ate the cakes I had made.

The name of our cafe was Killed by a cake and all the photos are taken from Restaurant Days Facebook page.

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Find Waldo me wearing orange tights… Ok, that was easy.

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Though I loved having my own cafe I can assure you that going to pop-up restaurants is super fun too.

The idea is not to get huge profits from having a pop-up restaurant (there have been restaurants that have given their profits to charity). It is a day full of food, bakings, smiles and enjoying life.

To find out more you can checkout Restaurant Day on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

Here in Paris the only pop-up restaurant at the moment seems to be at L’Institut finlandais à Paris…

À bientôt !

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