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Poop Cafe debuts this weekend, hopes it isn't a stinker with locals

Restaurant serves traditional Korean dishes as well as Thai ice cream with a poo-twist

Lien Nguyen

Lien Nguyen, owner of Poop Café, said she got the unusual idea for the restaurant from travelling abroad. Similar restaurants already exist in Moscow, Seoul and Tokyo, she says. (CBC)

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Most restaurants would hope their food will keep you from running to the toilet, but this new Bloor West café wants to get you to do just that.  

The poop-themed Poop Café has chairs and dishes shaped like toilets, and even the ever-popular poop emoji makes an appearance throughout the restaurant on cushions and on the walls.

Lien Nguyen, owner of Poop Café, said she got the unusual idea for the restaurant from travelling abroad. Similar restaurants are already in cities like Moscow, Seoul and Tokyo, but she was wary of how her café might be received by North Americans.

Poop cafe

The poop-themed Poop Café, has chairs and dishes shaped like toilets, and even the ever-popular poop emoji makes an appearance throughout the restaurant on cushions and on the walls. (CBC)

"I just want to make something fun. So if people want something fun, they come," Nguyen said. "A lot of people they don't want to come, that's fine, too."

Despite the theme, Nguyen is hoping that you won't poo-poo the menu. The restaurant, located in Toronto's Koreatown at 706 Bloor St. W., just west of Bathurst Street, serves traditional Korean dishes, as well as Thai ice cream, but of course with a poo-twist.

Poop Cafe

Despite the theme, Nguyen is hoping that you won’t poo-poo the menu. (CBC)

And she's hoping that when you plop in to eat, you can have a smile on your face.

"My goal is people laughing and people already did," Nguyen said. "Who doesn't laugh when they hear about poop?"

Poop Café

The poop-themed Poop Café on Bloor Street West has chairs and dishes shaped like toilets — even the ever-popular poop emoji makes an appearance throughout the restaurant on cushions and on the walls. (CBC)