#WATWB: Restaurant of Order Mistakes

Most of you know that I lost my mother in February to the complications of age and dementia. Dementia is a disease that I witnessed firsthand and one that had me always looking for the bright spots as mom’s memory and health declined.

So, it’s no surprise that the following story captured my complete attention and heart. It comes from Tokyo, Japan.

The story is from 2017, but its premise is completely positive for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“The Restaurant of Order Mistakes has just opened in Tokyo and it only hires waiters with dementia. The pop-up’s premise is that the staff may get your order wrong but if you go there knowing that from the start, you won’t dwell on it too much – and it might change your perception about those suffering from the illness. It also hopes to show people that dementia patients can be functioning members of society.”

What an amazing, novel and loving idea to help those with memory loss feel needed and respected. I would love to be seated at such a restaurant.

Another article regarding the Pop-Up Restaurant can be found HERE.


Yelling at the wait staff for wrong orders is prohibited, as it should be.

The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders has a website and a couple of videos on the home page. Make sure you watch the first video for plenty of happy smiles. I haven’t been able to find more recent activity from 2019, but hoping that Mr. Oguni and the restaurant team have plans for the near future. And wouldn’t it be great for pop-up restaurants with dementia wait staff to find their way across the planet?

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43 responses to #WATWB: Restaurant of Order Mistakes

  1. loisajay says:

    Mary–talk about a heart warmer! This is so lovely. The smiles on everyone’s face…this is some kind of wonderful.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lois, I love this story and the people that brought their idea for this kind of restaurant to fruition. It’s an example of humanity at its finest.

  2. Debbie D. says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My mother also had dementia, so I know how difficult that can be. This is a wonderful organization! Hopefully, it will catch on, worldwide, as our population ages. The video was heartwarming.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Having more Restaurants of Order Mistakes around the world would be a blessing, not only for the wait staff, but for the customers as well. Thank you, Debbie, for your sympathy. I miss mom, but know she’s in a better place.

  3. Susan Scott says:

    this is totally wonderful Mary thank you! Good on Tokyo restaurants using this initiative and not worrying if orders are wrong! Thank you for co-hosting this month and have a lovely weekend!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Susan. The restaurant created a wonderful feeling of tolerance and acceptance, and a fun place to see smiles and eat a plate of surprises.

      • Susan Scott says:

        A plate of surprises 🙂 – Mary I think I remember your mother and her illness and death and passing on my condolences, but just in case I didn’t, here they are and I hope all is well. Mourning takes an awfully long time …

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Thank you so much, Susan. I am doing well and embracing the smiles of mom’s memory. It was her time to be free of the dementia and find peace. For that, my heart is also at peace.

  4. Shilpa Garg says:

    I am sorry for your loss, Mary!
    This is such an amazing and novel concept for a restaurant. I would love to dine at this restaurant and hope we have more such restaurants all over the world. Thanks for sharing this lovely story ♥

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m with you, Shilpa…would love to dine at a place like this. It would make me seriously happy and remind me of the good days with mom.

  5. JoAnna says:

    Being a waiter or waitress is hard enough without dementia. It’s one of those things that I’d really have to work at, even in my 20s.This restaurant is a real treasure. I’d go!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I agree JoAnna. I never had a desire to be a waitress because of the fear of forgetting an order or dropping dishes. It’s really a great testimonial of spirit that the dementia waitstaff took part in this without hesitation. They were all very courageous.

  6. Damyanti Biswas says:

    I am sorry for your loss!
    This is such an inspiring story… The restaurant has such a catchy name too – to with the idea behind it

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      I am sorry for your loss!
      This is such an inspiring story… The restaurant has such a catchy name too – to *go with the idea behind it

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Damyanti. We have memory cafes here, but they are places that dementia patients can go sit and be in a safe and quiet environment. No mistaken orders here, but still a good initiative.

  7. Dan Antion says:

    This is a wonderful story, Mary and a perfect one to share for WATWB. I am so far behind in reading, but I am glad I started catching-up with this post. Thanks for sharing this!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Dan, how could I not share this story? The subject is so close to my heart and everyone involved put a big smile on my face. Have an awesome Saturday…enjoy reading and whatever the day brings.

  8. hilarymb says:

    Hi Mary – yes I feel for you … I met dementia patients … but was just grateful my mother and my uncle both kept their wits to the end – makes life so much easier. But these beautiful people are just wonderful to see – and what a great idea for a restaurant … thanks so much … delightful to see – cheers Hilary

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Hi Hilary. I’m glad that your mom and uncle didn’t succumb to dementia. My dad had his mind until the end, so we were able to enjoy all of our conversations. I still had great and often humorous talks with mom when she was in the throes of dementia…the talks I’ll always remember fondly. It must be a very interesting and joyful restaurant to be in and listen to similar conversations.

      • hilarymb says:

        There’s so much to learn for us all – in our ways of life … we so often don’t pick things up – and then can ignore what’s happening … my mother and her BIL’s illnesses were eye openers for me … a different take on life completely. I could tell a few stories where staff came running because Mum and I were in absolute hysterics … then burst out laughing with us … that didn’t help us stop!!! Cheers Hilary

  9. Sylvia W. McGrath, Freelance Writer, Literacy Tutor, and Professional Book Reviewer says:

    My mother also had dementia, so I know how difficult that can be. Thank you for sharing. This is a great organization!, it would be wonderful if this idea would l catch on, worldwide, as our population ages and this disease seems to be showing itself more often these days.

  10. This is such a heartwarming story! My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and my Dad before he passed last year was in the beginning stages so my heart goes out to you. This is such a great initiative that I hope catches on! Thanks so much for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB! 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I truly enjoyed sharing this story, Belinda. So many of us can relate and feel the joy this wait staff brought to the restaurant. Our communities would do well to follow suit.

  11. Lizbeth Hartz says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss! How rare and wonderful that dementia folks can be accepted in this way. My fiance’s 102 year old mom just passed from extreme Alzheimers; how nice it would have been for her if, in earlier years, she could have experienced community support like this. Thanks for sharing!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      This is so true, Lizbeth. Community support for dementia patients in the early stages would be wonderful in that it would give them such a sense of acceptance and belonging. Thank you for your sympathy, and I am sending hugs bag for your fiance. It’s a difficult process to see, but I decided in the last few years to always find the bright spot, much as the Tokyo community did.

  12. Shelley says:

    Oh, my, goodness…that is wonderful! I love it. And it helps them continue with a sense of purpose which can be so hard to come by those with dementia!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I remember mom asking the question “Why am I here?” after dad died and when we could still have coherent conversations. I often thought that perhaps her sense of reality would have held on longer if she had had more of a purpose. Not sure what that would have been, but I guess I will be happy in the fact that she was safe and we had time to be together.

      • Shelley says:

        Aw, my mom asked that same question often. Tugs at the heartstrings. It is a gift when we’re able to find that little piece of their enduring purpose to help them find joy in the remaining journey of life with dementia. You’re lucky you had each other. xx

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