Underground restaurant

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An underground restaurant, sometimes known as a supper club or closed door restaurant, is a social dining restaurant operated out of someone's home, generally bypassing local zoning and health-code regulations. They are usually advertised by word of mouth or unwanted advertising. Websites such as BonAppetour have been created to help people find and book these restaurants.[1]

Depending on the area's law, the establishments may be illegal although they have been around for decades.[2] They are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.[3][4]

The attraction of the underground restaurant for the customer is the opportunity to sample new food, often at low cost outside the traditional restaurant experience,;[5] underground restaurants have been described as "anti-restaurants." For the host, the benefit is to make money and experiment with cooking without being required to invest in restaurant property. "It's literally like playing restaurant," one host told the San Francisco Chronicle, "You can create the event, and then it's over."[6]

Notable places[edit]





  • Jim Haynes' Supper Club - Paris[7] - considered the original supper club[10]
  • New Friends Table - Paris[7]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Burgos, Annalisa (23 January 2015). "Dining with Strangers". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Perlman, Dan. Mi casa, su cuenta, The Guardian, April 17, 2008.
  3. ^ Smillie, Susan. Going underground, The Guardian, May 29, 2009.
  4. ^ The Secret Feast, The Guardian, February 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Sarah Schindler, Unpermitted Urban Agriculture: Transgressive Actions, Changing Norms, and the Local Food Movement, 2014 Wisconsin Law Review 369, available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2414016
  6. ^ DeFao, Janine. Guerrilla Gourmet, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 22, 2006.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "9 Underground Dinners You’ve Never Heard Of Slideshow". TheDailyMeal. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  8. ^ 'Kitchen confidential: At this underground dinner party, cleaning your plate hurts so good', Maclean's, March 30, 2009.
  9. ^ Toronto 'anti-restaurant' ranked third best new food experience by Food & Wine magazine | National Post
  10. ^ Baker, Vicky (23 January 2009). "Chez Jim". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Thelin, Emily Kaiser (November 2009). "Supper Club Confidential". Food and Wine. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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