So Seinfeld ended 18 years ago, you’ve been crushed over it ever since but tried to move on, yada yada yada…
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Well it isn’t coming back (not that we know of anyhow), but the next best thing may be coming to town this summer. A planned popup bar and restaurant set to open in Toronto this summer will give Seinfeld fans a chance to feel like they’re actually walking into an episode of the show.
“You’ll walk in and feel like you’ve just walked into Monk’s Diner from the show,” says Mackenzie Keast, one of the people behind the idea.
Like the diner where Jerry and the gang dined in the show, the pop-up restaurant will feature leather booths, a counter with bar stools and a similar cash. Menu offerings at the fully functional venue will include big salads, muffin tops, calzones, salty pretzels and other Seinfeld-inspired offerings. The popup restaurant – modelled after Monk’s Diner on the show – is the brainchild of Keast, 29, and some of his pals.
“We are all big fans of Seinfeld and have been for a long time. We were all laughing about a bar that popped up in Australia that was George- Costanza-themed,” Keast told CP24.com. “We said ‘what if we actually went a little bit further this summer and actually recreated the interior of Monk’s so people could actually step inside the world of Seinfeld and feel like they’re part of the show.’”
The idea took off and Keast and his friends started working with a designer and scouting for a space that would work. Keast says the diner will likely be somewhere in the Dufferin Street and Dundas Street West area, but the group is still trying to figure out which spot will best suit the logistics.
But that hasn’t stopped rabid Seinfeld fans from going nuts over the idea already. Since Keast posted a Facebook invitation Monday night to attend the opening party, nearly 5,000 people have responded to say they’re interested.
“It’s reached nearly 1 million people across Facebook, so that’s incredible,” Keast says. “But I think it speaks volumes about the interest that remains in Seinfeld and how it remains a big part of people’s lives.”
While Seinfeld used New York City as the backdrop for the never-ending shenanigans of Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine, Keast says Toronto is not that far off when it comes to the experience of living in a big, loud crazy city.
“Toronto as a city is very, very similar in many ways to the New York of Seinfeld,” Keast says. “They’re big, big cities and there’s a lot of people and there’s a lot of weirdness.
“And that’s really what Seinfeld is all about – meeting new strange people every day and getting into everyday situations and kind of the chaos that goes along with seemingly normal people and normal experiences clashing with what you would see as different and weird.”
Lest we think ourselves above the petty sensibilities of our neighbours to the south, Torontonians, Keast maintains, can be every bit as neurotic as New Yorkers
“Oh absolutely, absolutely. If not, moreso,” he says. “Step onto a packed streetcar in the mornings and experience that or wait in line for brunch on a Saturday morning. Neuroses in Toronto I think have reached new immeasurable heights and there’s countless episodes of Seinfeld that could be created out of experiences and stories that come out of Toronto for sure.”
While the pop-up restaurant has no affiliation with the actual show, Keast says he and his friends have been careful to make sure people know that it's a parody of the Seinfeld theme rather than an actual recreation.
“We are undertaking it as a parody type of project and we won’t be stepping on any copyrights when it comesto the name of the bar or any menu items,” he says.
The restaurant is planned to open in July and run through September.
Source Joshua Freeman, CP24.com
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