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Themed Restaurants

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Successful restaurants not only rely on great food and superior service, but they also rely on the atmosphere. Comfortable chairs, soft lighting, and tuxedoed waiters all serve as one example of fine dining establishments. Of course, some restaurants are more casual, and the decor and menu reflect these differences. But then there's another type of restaurant that bases its entire concept on a specific theme.

Themed restaurants may look like a tropical rainforest, complete with large trees and squawking parrots. Other such restaurants may look like a prison. Customers are locked in cell-like rooms with "guards" serving as waiters. Some themed restaurants even look like an operating room of a hospital. The decoration, music, and food all tie together to create a unique and unusual dining experience.


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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. What kind of restaurants do you often go to? How's the atmosphere? How's the food?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. Successful dining at least needs great food and great service.  T / F
  2. According to the article, fine dining is a type of themed restaurant.  T / F
  3. Only rainforests, prisons, and hospitals are considered for themes.  T / F
  4. Everything in the themed restaurant creates a special dining experience.  T / F

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Have you ever been to a themed restaurant? Please explain.
  2. Would you recommend themed restaurants to a friend or family member? Why/not?
  3. If you could create a themed restaurant, what would it be like?

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