Tokyo Eatery Offers Free Meals In Return For 50 Minutes Of Labor.
Sekai opened the doors to her restaurant, located in the Jinbocho district of Tokyo, two years ago.
Her mission was to provide "a place where everyone is welcome and everyone fits in." Even if the customer has no money, and no time to work, she gives them a tadameshi ticket, which gives them the meal entirely for free!
It may look likes she's just giving everything away, but Sekai has managed to make it quite profitable for herself, as well.
The daily lunch special is 900 yen ($10.50) and is what's called, a set menu. A meal that has a fixed menu with only certain items on it.
But her dinner menu is completely different!
If customers want, they can pay an additional 400 yen to get the order-made meal. They're provided with an in-depth menu and get to choose whatever they'd like.
Sekai was inspired to open her own restaurant while working at a former company.
After working for IBM Japan, Sekai moved to Cookpad, which runs a site for recipes. While working for Cookpad, there was an in-house kitchen that everyone could prepare and eat their food.
Sekai constantly cooked her food there and shared the delicious things she cooked with her co-workers.
"My colleagues really liked the lunches I made for them. This led me to strongly consider opening my own restaurant," said Sekai.
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