Waffle Shop: A Reality Show

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Waffle Shop: A Reality Show
Waffle Shop logo
Artist Jon Rubin and Carnegie Mellon University students
Year 2008 (2008) - 2012 (2012)
Type Performance art, talk show, restaurant
Location East Liberty, Pittsburgh
Coordinates Coordinates: 40°27′37.2″N 79°55′30.3″W / 40.460333°N 79.925083°W / 40.460333; -79.925083

Waffle Shop: A Reality Show was a performance art project and restaurant in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The restaurant was operated by Carnegie Mellon University students.[1][2] The Waffle Shop was part of a trend in Pittsburgh to support performance art within the urban core.[3] In addition to serving food, students operate a talk show live-streamed online, featuring restaurant patrons as guests.[4][5]

It opened in 2008 by Carnegie Mellon University art professor Jon Rubin as a 2-semester student art project.[6] The project/restaurant was so successful during that initial run that it was continued for several more years.[7]

Some special talk shop themes have included ringtones as "art."[8]

The related sign atop the building was also used for public art purposes.[9]

Local food critics reviewed it relatively favorably, noting the unique talk show situation.[10][11]

It closed in 2012.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waffle Shop is Hiring for All Positions this Summer!". Carnegie Mellon University. May 11, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Supinka, Carolyn (October 5, 2009). "Ideas, waffles make tasty contest". The Tartan. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Smydo, Joe (2012-08-13). "Program designed to expand artwork through Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ McCoy, Adrian (December 8, 2008). "East Liberty Waffle Shop merges food, reality video". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Farley, John (November 16, 2010). "Waffle? Sure. Interview? Why not.". Pop City (Pittsburgh). Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jones, Diana Nelson (March 29, 2012). "Conflict Kitchen Project serves the food of adversary nations to bring people together". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ McCoy, Adrian (June 29, 2009). "CMU merges art with reality TV and fresh waffles". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Venishnick, Anna (October 4, 2011). "Let's Talk About Art: Ringtones as art". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ Riely, Kaitlynn (May 30, 2012). "East Liberty's Waffle Shop has the writings on the board". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ Bennett, Samantha (November 17, 2011). "The turducken's fine, but the peach could use a shave". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Munch goes to the Waffle Shop and the Conflict Kitchen". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 22, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 

External links[edit]

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