A restaurant crew figuring out their schedules in front of customers.

Foodies, take note, because you’re going to want to check out this new restaurant that’s offering a bold twist on the traditional Benihana-style experience. The newly opened Japanese restaurant not only prepares all of your food right at your table, but also proceeds to work out the schedule for the upcoming week right before your very eyes.

Nice! Looks like the restaurant industry just got a major shake-up.

At Okinawa Grill in Omaha, Nebraska, the hibachi chef will serve you your meal and then immediately provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience as he gathers with all of the restaurant’s employees to start hashing out the agenda for the next seven days! While you eat, you’ll get a front-row seat to the restaurant staff assigning out various tasks, making lists of the meat and vegetables they’ll need to buy for the week, and even scheduling days off for a young waiter who needs time off to study for finals.


If you’ve been waiting for a restaurant that enriches the typical Benihana-style dining experience by letting you watch the manager painstakingly assign out a week’s worth of shifts for the entire waitstaff, then Okinawa Grill is going to be just your kind of place. Maybe you’ll get to see one of the employees get saddled with a dreaded Saturday double shift. Maybe you’ll get to see the manager plan a meeting with the building manager to discuss a plumbing issue. Maybe you’ll get to see the head chef make a note to call the Pepsi rep and order more syrup for the soda fountain. There’s no telling what type of chores you’ll get to witness during this unique culinary adventure!

Okinawa Grill has only been open for a few weeks, but it’s already turning the restaurant world on its head. Anybody who’s been looking for the next innovation in food owes it to themselves to give this place a shot. Better make your reservations soon, because once word gets out that there’s a restaurant where you get to watch the staff make the schedule, this place is almost certainly going to be packed.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter