Japan’s first “naked restaurant” has bowed to pressure from the over-weight and the over-60s, relaxing its rules to embrace anyone wanting to eat out in the buff.
The Amrita, which takes its name from the Sanskrit for immortality, is due to open in Tokyo in August, but the strict weight and age limits it initially imposed on prospective customers triggered an angry backlash.
In rules posted on its website, the restaurant said it retained the right to turn away anyone who had made a reservation if they were more than 33lbs above the average weight for their height.
As a further humiliation, management said it would have a set of scales handy to check borderline cases.
Equally, anyone aged 60 or over would be refused entry, it said, with no refunds for advance bookings being provided.
In a press release, the restaurant admitted it had received dozens of requests to relax its rules and that it would now be opening its doors to “anyone aged from 20 to 120”. Similarly, there are no longer any restrictions on a diner’s weight.
The ban, however, remains on tattoos – long seen as a sign of Japan’s underworld – while diners are also requested not to “cause a nuisance” to those around them by touching or making uninvited small-talk with other guests.
Diners will still be issued with paper underwear while they eat, a curious requirement in a “naked restaurant”, but not one that has put potential customers off.
Tickets – ranging from Y14,000 (£101) to Y28,000 (£202) – on the opening night and several other evenings have already sold out, while the website has announced that similar pop-up restaurants are planned for Nagoya and Kyoto.
Diners will be served an organic menu, while Western waiters in their underwear will perform a “Men’s Show” on stage during the evening.