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Dining in the Dark

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Dining in the Dark

By: Will Mahon, Clarks Americas

Earlier this month a friend and I dined at Opaque restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. The restaurant is completely dark (you literally cannot see your hand in front of your face!) and you have to rely on senses like sound and taste throughout your meal.

We preordered our meal in the lobby and were escorted by our server into the main dining room. Throughout the meal we were not distracted by our cell phones (not allowed), wall décor or any other stimuli. We found that the atmosphere promoted great discussion and encouraged teamwork – since we had to work together to navigate the items on the table, pass the bread, etc. The food was fantastic and I would recommend Opaque to anybody!

One of the great things about Opaque is that the entire wait staff is visually impaired. Because they do not rely on sight, it’s actually easier for them to navigate the pitch black dining room. Our server, Rafael, told us that he started to lose his vision about 10 years ago, and that his employment at Opaque has helped him maintain his sense of independence. As soon as I’d heard this story, I knew I had to share it with the Triangle community. It was thrilling to eat at a restaurant that highlights the fact that we are all people with ability!

If you are visiting Los Angeles or San Francisco, don’t miss the opportunity to dine at Opaque.

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