While animal restaurants are not a new concept in Japan, Doggy Bento kicks it up a notch having the dogs wait on tables, with no human workers in sight.
So how does it work?
From a set menu, the dogs have been trained to recognize food items as commands. Once the customer has placed their order, the furry guys will go through a doggy door to the “kitchen” and enter your order via a dog-friendly touch screen. The kitchen staff (humans) will prepare the bento fresh and place it on a tray, which is then saddled to the dogs’ back.
Note that you can pet the dogs, but do not feed the dogs any food from the table.
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Doggy Bento’s website is still under construction, but we’ve been told reservations can only be made online for a set price of 5,000 yen per person, with a maximum party of 6 allowed at a time. The price includes a bento, dessert and unlimited non-alcoholic hot/cold drinks (self-serve). Doggy Bento is set to open up in Shibuya this June.