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What's in the big salad? More on the Seinfeld restaurant apparently coming to Toronto

Nearly 20 years after the show, Seinfeld endures in popular culture.

Pop-up bar and diner planned for this summer

Inside Monk's Diner, from the show Seinfeld. (Seinfeld Pop-up Bar/supplied)

Nearly 20 years after the show, Seinfeld endures in popular culture.

But aside from Junior Mints or Snapple Ice Tea, the popular 90s show is not necessarily known for its culinary influence. However, a Toronto man planning to open a Seinfeld-themed pop-up bar and restaurant this summer, wants to change that.

Mackenzie Keast said he is recreating Monk's Diner, a fictional restaurant where many of the scenes in the show took place.

He was inspired by a George Costanza-themed bar in Australia. Inspired, but underwhelmed. He read about the bar having themed drinks with references to the show. He evidently thought he could do better.

"I thought Seinfeld has a great physical locale you can recreate," he said, referring to Monk's Diner.

Locally, Keast said he was inspired by the recreation of Ferris Beuller's bedroom for the art show Come Up To My Room.

Keast said he will not be recreating the restaurant to the finest detail, but instead will aim to recreate the experience.

"You'll feel like you're in Monk's," he said.

In the planning stages, Keast said he's looking at two locations, both in the Dufferin Street and Dundas Street West area.

A full-scale replica of Monk's Cafe, the diner featured in Seinfeld, is coming to Toronto this summer. Pictured above is the exterior of the real-life Monk's, Tom's Restaurant, in New York City. (Facebook)

A restaurant about nothing

On the menu will be foods mentioned in Seinfeld: the big salad, Kenny Rogers' chicken, muffin tops, marble rye, chocolate babkas, pretzels that make you thirsty and of course a small gift shop. The bar offerings are also refer to episodes, and will include Hennigans, Schnapps, beer and a 'cigarette,' Pepsi, $100 wine and more.

The Monk's recreation will be open nightly and feature weekly events like Seinfeld karaoke, trivia and costume contests.

Keast called the show a cultural phenomenon, and said, even 20 years after the show aired, it still reflects life in the big city.

"We want to guests to have a bit of fun with their bar and restaurant experience," he said. "Toronto can take itself really seriously in this area and we want to give people an opportunity to just have fun."

It is scheduled to open July 15.


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