As we head into 2019 we look to the future of food and dining to predict the next big trends. Enter: Modern Kindergarten–a restaurant concept that has taken the food scene by storm where diners are engulfed in the comforts of kindergarten. From the decor to the furniture to of course, the food.
Originally, the concept of Modern Kindergarten began as a popup by chef Gayle Snail. Her idea was to remove the fuss of chic dining, but also give diners an opportunity to be children and forget about adult responsibilities.
Food was served on plastic trays and the menu included such items as “Hot Doggy & Fwench Fwies”, “Pisketti Noodlez”, “Gwilled Cheeeeeez”, and a real fan favorite, “Baloney”.
The popup, titled I Eat Now Yay!, included small plastic chairs and mats for seating, along with fingerprint paintings and various cutouts of shapes, letters, and numbers on the walls. Food was served on plastic trays and the menu included such items as “Hot Doggy & Fwench Fwies”, “Pisketti Noodlez”, Gwilled Cheeeeeez”, and a real fan favorite, “Baloney”.
Since Chef Snail’s concept, the idea has really taken off with restaurateurs who opened their own Modern Kindergartens in NYC, Los Angeles, and Miami. And diners are loving it at places like Miss Murphy’s Snack Place, Oowie Woowie Food!!, and I Eat Now Yay!, which has a permanent brick and mortar thanks to the success of the popup.
“It’s a great way to act like a child in an almost similar way to how I act as an adult,” said one anonymous diner, as he cheered on a costumed Batman and Spider-Man making their rounds at Miss Murphy’s Snack Place.
Another diner commented, “Sometimes I see something on social media or someone says something that I don’t like and I really, really want to have a temper tantrum. It’s not nice and I get mad! At I Eat Now Yay! I can act like the kindergartener I know I am deep down inside.”
And in one Yelp review for Oowie Woowie Food!!, a reviewer with a Harry Potter profile pic noted: “This food bad and I no like and I make poopy butts and farts and I am adult who no like.”
In 2019, there are at least four more Modern Kindergartens planned. That’s excellent news for adults who will forever hang on to the 5-year old side of themselves
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