Here's how not to create a pop-up restaurant: An anonymous group decided it would be a swell and socially acceptable idea to create Death Row Dinners in London. Buzzfeed writes that the group had planned to serve diners replicas of the last meals of death row inmates, but crucially, "without the nasty execution bit." For only £50 ($81 USD), diners would have the opportunity to eat a five course meal with "80 fellow inmates and experience a night behind the bars of one of London's toughest security restaurants."
The internet's wrath was swift: Twitter users found the concept to be "pretty horrific." One pointed out that the group was "using people about to be murdered by the state as props." One user tweeted: "Hi @DeathRowDinners I want the full 'death row' experience but without any of the trials, imprisonment, death or indignity. Can you do that?"
The Independent notes that the pop-up creators — who have chosen to remain anonymous — issued an apology on their website: "We're shocked and saddened by the response to Death Row Dinners and are genuinely very sorry for any offence caused." They added that the concept was "intended to explore the concept of last meals; anyone who has ever been to a dinner party has probably had this conversation – what would they love their last meal to be." Now, however, they are considering "their next steps." As of now, tickets are still available for purchase on their site.
· Everyone's Freaking Out About The "Death Row Dinners" [Buzzfeed]
· Death Row Dinners Restaurant [Independent]
· Death Row Dinners [Official Site]
· All Pop-Up Coverage on Eater [-E-]