We love themes around here... we're huge fans of "Taco Tuesday" and "Fries Friday", so it only makes sense to love themed restaurants. Check out a restaurant where you can't even see what you're eating, one where you have to know the code word to even get in, and one that helps you get some household chores done while you dine. These are ten of our favorite themed restaurants.
1. The Jekyll and Hyde Club - New York City, NY
Jekyll and Hyde Themed
A club that serves 62 dishes, including “Create-Your-Own Monster burgers”, is themed for the famous Dr. Henry Jekyll and his alter ego, Hyde. The restaurant is filled with souvenirs and trophies of Dr. Jekyll’s “bizarre exploits” and items from friends who were members of the Jekyll and Hyde club. This is a restaurant, bar, museum and creepy entertainment all in one.
2. Opaque - Los Angelas and San Francisco, CA
This restaurant is something you’ve never seen before… because you’ve literally never seen it. The restaurant is pitch dark, with the idea that if you lose one of your senses, you must rely on the others more heavily. This will help you taste and enjoy your food to the highest capacity. The waiters and waitresses are blind or visually impaired and have been trained specifically to serve meals in the dark while “casually and comfortably offering guidance and reassurance for sighted guests.” (PS: This would be such a fun place to meet a blind date. Get to know the person before actually seeing what they look like! A whole new level of “The Voice”!)
3. Ed Debevics - Chicago, IL
Rude Diner themed
This is one of the most entertaining places I’ve ever been, as you are literally paying to be roasted. A rude wait-staff greets you, seats you, and continues to make fun of you throughout your entire meal. The food is great. The vibe is a fun 50’s diner feel. The staff sucks. And that’s totally a good thing.
4. The Varsity - Atlanta, GA
With six locations all around Georgia, several food trucks, and two airport locations. The Varsity is America’s largest drive-in restaurant. It has been around for about 90 years and has even served Clark Gable, Nipsey Russell, President George H. W Bush, Bill Clinton, and President Obama. Their original parking lot was taken down for construction in the 50s, but this allowed the “Lunching Pad” to be built – they can handle over 600 cars at a time at the Lunching Pad!
5. Forbes Island - San Fransisco, CA
This restaurant has incredible dining rooms, both on land and… under the sea. You can literally dine under the sea! Enjoy the smell of the salty sea, the relaxing nautical feel and some waterside cocktails while watching sea lions sunbathe with views of Alcatraz in the background.
6. Casa Bonita - Denver, CO
Eat delicious Mexican cuisine while surrounded by an authentic Aztec feel. Over 1,000 guests can enjoy this restaurant at one time. Even better than the food and design? The entertainment! Your meal will be filled with thrill as you witness a gunfight, live diving from a waterfall, a gorilla show and a pirate show!
7. Washbangers - College Station, TX
This restaurant almost doesn’t make sense to me. Almost. But then I remember when my washer broke two years ago and I spent the afternoon hanging out at the laundromat with two babies and a gurgling stomach. The peanut MnM’s from the candy machine weren’t enough and I so wish that I had been able to go to Washbangers laundromat. “But wait! We’re supposed to be talking about restaurants?” Ah… yes that’s right. Washbangers is not only a laundromat… it is a restaurant as well. Enjoy some good food, cool drinks, and company while you wait for your underwear to dry. It doesn’t get much better than that. You might even find yourself using a laundromat even if you don’t need to.
8. The Safe House - Milwaukee, WI
The Safe House features a complete spy theme; you can’t even get into the restaurant without knowing a code word! A delicious menu sticks with the spy theme, and include “Bourne Identity Salad”, “The Big Green C”, and a “Mission Impossible” burger.
9. Ace Bounce - Chicago, IL
Ping Pong themed
Get a taste of a UK fav with Ace Bounce. Not only can you fill your belly and wet your whistle, you get to play some mean ping pong while you’re at it. The location in Chicago is the only US location, so it is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. 16 ping pong tables (And a special beer-pong table, if that’s your thing). Just like a bowling alley, book your table and play away, but enjoy some food while pong!
10. Ninja New York - New York City, New York
Clearly we're big ninja fans around here, and I'm thinking that attending this ninja-themed restaurant should be a requirement for all Ziyak employees. After being greeted by a real-live ninja, you are asked whether you would like to take the safe route or dangerous route. I'm going to go ahead and guess most people say dangerous, otherwise, what are you even doing there? Enjoy great food while Ninjas hang upside down and lurk around every corner.
Dear Randy and Evan,
I was running a few minutes behind today. I came in with my arms full, a coffee in one hand and a baby carrier in the other while one shoulder held a laptop bag and the other a diaper bag. I came in, sat down, and spent 30 minutes preparing for our meeting while nursing my baby. We then met, while my sweet one was passed around and made lots of baby noises. The numbers on my phone switched to 11:35 and I ran out the door, because my baby sitter was only available in the morning. Now, I’m sitting and typing you this letter and waiting for you guys to call me, while all three of my daughters nap, carrots roast in the oven, and my washing machine washes its third load of laundry.
This day sounds like madness.
It sounds a little chaotic.
But this has been my “normal” for the last eight months.
As I was driving home today, the words someone once spoke to me echoed in my memory: “You will never find a job that is as flexible as us and pays as well as we do.” Those words were spoken the day after I gave a two-week notice to a job. They did nothing but ignite something in me to prove them wrong, and while I haven’t lived my day-to-day life trying to do so, I always knew, in the back of my mind, that I would know when I found “it”.
“It”. The job that was flexible with me, that appreciated me, and allowed me to use my passions and abilities.
“It”. The job that would grow me as a person, that would challenge me and keep the wheels of my creative mind spinning.
I didn’t search for it. It came to me. Almost fell in my lap, like destiny.
This letter is more than just an open letter. This is a “Thank You” letter.
From the time I first interviewed with you and shared that I not only have two kids, I was pregnant with my third, you never doubted whether I could complete the tasks I would be handed. I told you I was due in six months. "That's right around the corner!" you said.
I told you that I only wanted to work part time, and I needed something flexible, as my days might look different each week. “We can be flexible,” you said.
I called a week after I was hired to let you know my grandpa had passed away. “Take as much time as you need, “you said.
A few weeks later I called and said that I couldn’t come in because I had to take my girls to the doctor. “We hope everything is alright!” you said.
My belly continued to grow. My schedule shifted every few weeks, and some days I couldn’t make it in at all. I still worked from home. I still gave 100% at everything I did. I made phone calls while I was grocery shopping and checked emails in the waiting room at the doctor’s office.
Kindness, patience, and gratitude were never lacking.
And so I say thank you.
Thank you for the kindness you’ve shown me and my family.
Thank you for the flowers you sent while I was in the hospital waiting for my third little love to be born.
Thank you for the cupcakes.
Thank you for the flexibility.
Thank you for allowing me to overtake your new office every time I come in, with baby gear and “Mom” coffee mugs.
Thank you for allowing me to bring in my newborn baby to work, so I can continue nursing her and not miss precious moments that go by so quickly.
Thank you for encouraging me.
Thank you for helping me leave work happy and excited about what is to come.
Thank you for helping me believe that I can be a part-time business woman and a full-time mama… and thank you for helping me achieve that.
Because of you both, I haven’t had to miss special memories with my family. I can still go to story time at the library. I can still wake my girls up in the morning and lay them down for their naps.
I can feel just as successful with my career as I do with being a mom.
We live in a time where parental involvement and the work force is changing. More and more companies are giving moms longer for maternity leave and are offering paternity leave as well. More and more companies are giving moms specially designed and equipped rooms to pump, or allowing their babies to come to work with them. And I want to thank you for being one of the progressive companies in that realm. Thank you for hiring moms with young kids. Thank you for treating us so well. Thank you for not making us feel small or incapable or nettlesome.
Thank you for all you do.
And for all the coffee.
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At Ziyak, we are excited to help connect people to cities all over the country. From finding the best places to eat, to exploring the best events in town, for the old in spirit and young at heart, Ziyak is for everyone.
Kendra is an Executive Assistant at Ziyak. She loves to share her humor and share her passions with anyone who will take the time to read what she writes.