The first "dark restaurant" in China opened in December and reactions to the idea of the unusual dining experience are varied. The restaurant, which is located in Beijing, has its interior painted completely in black. Customers are greeted by a lit entrance hall and are escorted by waiters wearing night vision goggles into the pitch dark dining room to help them find their seats. Flashlights, mobile phones, and even lit watches are prohibited while in this area.
The concept originated in Europe, but has quickly found a huge international techie-following because of the night-vision tie in and unusual lighting concept. So, is it geek chic, totally geeky, or just a great way to experience something different.