‘Resident Evil’-themed restaurant opens in Japan
TOKYO, July 19 — Video game developer Capcom has opened a temporary “Resident Evil”-themed restaurant in Japan staffed with a midriff-baring, all-female task force that is routinely called upon to subdue the mutant Tyrant with shoot-to-kill prowess and shimmying dance moves.
The Biohazard Café & Grill S.T.A.R.S., opened last week in Shibuya, comes with a child advisory, warning parents that the light show can be overwhelming for small children.
The centrepiece for the restaurant is none other than a life-sized mutant Tyrant from the “Resident Evil” franchise, a biologically engineered supersoldier and enemy No. 1 in the game.
While tucking into all-you-can-eat beef barbecue, spicy noodle soups or curried beef stew, diners take in a theatrical light and dance show by a brigade of coincidentally young and sexy girls from the Special Tactics and Rescue Service, or S.T.A.R.S.
When the Tyrant tries to break out of its glass box, the special unit sets to work subduing the creature with fire power and a bit of augmented reality technology. To celebrate their victory, the girls then break out into a series of coordinated dance moves.
The restaurant, which will be open for just one year, is also stocked with “Resident Evil” memorabilia, including rows of firearms lining the walls and S.T.A.R.S. apparel.
Japan is no stranger to themed-dining concepts. While the country boasts the most three-Michelin-starred restaurants of any country, it’s also home to eateries such as the Vampire Café, Ninja Akasaka, and the Wizard of the Opera.
Meanwhile, over in China, a Beijing restaurant recreated the opening animation from the game “World of Warcraft”. Guests also dine in the Hall of Snow Storms surrounded by large plasma screens showing the game in action. — AFP/Relaxnews