You choose one of a few set menus without knowing what's in it (IIRC, roughly "meat eater", "fish eater", "vegetarian") and give any specific allergies or really hated food types. You are then led into a pitch black room with absolutely no light leakage (no phones/etc. allowed) where you'll be served and eat your food without being able to see a single thing.
I believe the kitchen staff are hired purely on their cooking, but the waiters are visually impaired people who can lead you to your table and serve your food flawlessly without sight.
Their sales pitch is more about the uniqueness of the experience than about supporting blind people, but the fact that it does create this unique job that they're better qualified to do than people with normal vision is nice.
And it's a really great experience, although not particularly cheap.
I still have vivid and clear visual memories of the meal (and this was ~5 years ago). Even though I couldn’t see my dining companions, I remember our sitting together, where every person was sitting, and what we talked about. The brain has an amazing way of filling in other details when lacking physically visual ones.
Another interesting effect was the pace and style of conversation. I was with a group of newish friends - not particularly close but close enough that we could let down our guards a bit. We talked about fairly intimate things - relationships, life, desires, etc. without the visual distractions I was able to focus on the conversation in a way I hadn’t been able to before.
Also it was nice to not care about posture or manners - slouch away! :)
Even in well lit environments you find things that shouldn’t be there, or the order gets mixed up. I guess as long as it’s not toxic, it’s plough thought it obliviously.
At the end of the experience they bring you into a room with lights, and you get to delve into what you learned and any assumptions you made about the other people in the group or the guide themself. It was an amazing experience.
 - https://www.childrensmuseum.org.il/eng/pages/childrens_activ...
I was really disappointed...
(And for the Swedes here, the restaurant is called Svartklubben (the name is a pun in swedish), and can be found at Södermannagatan at Södermalm, near Nytorget.)
It sounds like - probably to address these concerns - this is a short-lived 'activity' rather than a going concern, potentially with hand-selected and well-briefed guests rather than arbitrary customers off the street.
As I say I imagine it's being handled fairly sensitively in reality. I'm more objecting to the whimsical feel-good description in the article which sort of denies agency to the dementia patients and treats them as funny props.
This tends to lead to a fair number of mistakes, and makes those with allergies ver nervous.
You say it's a trend but most episodes of Kitchen Nightmares I've watched they've at least had bongs (written notes) handed to the kitchen staff and posted somewhere.
The real challenge would be a restaurant with dyslectic waiters.
The only time I get annoyed when my order is wrong is when they didn't attempt to take notes of some sort. They can make food doodles on the back of a napkin for all I care.
But other kinds of mistakes can be a lot less fun. For example not getting any service at all, or having to pay more than expected.
I wonder how that restaurant deals with that.
As long as you don't have allergies...
My dad does shit like that sometimes. It's not cute.
There's also Wriggly Worm, which has links to Star Bistro.
My understanding is that this is would not be illegal because of how discrimination laws work in the US. We have protected classes that can't be descriminated against, but we don't have a generic "no discrimination" employment law.
For example, it's illegal to discriminate against old people, colored people, gay people, disabled people, etc when hiring. It would not necessarily be illegal to discriminate against neurotypical people because they are not a protected class.