Magic Restroom Café Goes Down the Toilet

The SGV’s much publicized toilet-themed restaurant has closed shop

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Shhh, listen. Do you hear that whooshing, flushing sound? That, my friends, is a restaurant concept that has gone swirling down the proverbial toilet. In business for just over half a year (after a long-delayed opening), Magic Restroom Café—a latrine-themed eatery serving Taiwanese food and dessert, or, as I call it, toileatery—seems have had its final flush during Memorial Day weekend. The doors are locked and repeated attempts at calling the City of Industry based restaurant have only resulted in “no longer in service” messages.

This spacious restaurant was generously appointed with porcelain thrones throughout for the diner’s squatting pleasure. But, apparently, guests were more interested in showing up, taking a few selfies at the decorative urinals, and leaving rather than ordering dishes called “black poop,” “smells like poop,” or, my favorite, stinky tofu. All items were “plated” in mini toilets, which made the runny, brown curry dishes look that much more challenging. (FYI, there was no pu-pu platter on the menu, I checked.)

Magic Restroom Cafe was a blatant rip-off of Modern Toilet restaurant, a restroom-themed restaurant chain that started in Taiwan. I actually visited the original Modern Toilet Kaohsiung location back in 2010, but left when I discovered that there was a food purchase minimum and that I couldn’t take photos inside the establishment without purchase. The business lesson here is cash for crappy customer service is smarter than free photo opportunities.

Alas, America’s first toilet themed restaurant took a dump. But, hey, there’s always Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar.


http://www.lamag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2014/05/arrow41.png Magic Restroom Cafe, 18558 Gale Ave., Ste. 222, City of Industry, 626-664-3766.

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  1. Kristina

    May 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Any Asians here who would like to expound on the fascination with toilets? I noted while in Japan there are even “toilet porn” magazines. There is also a theme with scatological references in the Talmud as well- where a lot of comedy films made now get their jokes (Adam Sandler movies, Seth Rogen, et al) can we put an end to poop jokes, toilet themes, and all things bathroom related once and for all?

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