Restaurant Day: A New Restaurant Revolution?

August 21, 2014

If you’re not from Finland, you might not have heard of Ravintolapäivä, or Restaurant Day. Described as “a food carnival when anyone can open a restaurant for a day,” the day aims to bypass all of the permits, paperwork, training, marketing, and inspections that might otherwise prevent someone from opening a restaurant.

As Restaurant Day cofounder Timo Santala explains, “The idea was to show what was possible if we gave people complete freedom to do whatever they liked. It’s all about people serving food to people, and the policy makers, the lawmakers and restrictions shouldn’t prevent good things from happening.”

So how does Restaurant Day work? Four times a year, restaurants pop up in unexpected places in Finland: street corners, parks, and even people’s homes! The Restaurant Day app allows curious diners to find nearby restaurants. Restaurant Day is immensely popular—in fact, its been held in over 400 cities in 60 different countries!