Adults and Babies Alike Can Dine at a Restaurant with a Difference
UK-based mother Hayley Pitfield has come up with a novel dining experience aimed at enabling parents and their babies to dine out together at restaurants where they will both be catered for. Frustrated with the lack of suitable restaurants for babies and small children, she is attempting to get funding for a chain of restaurants that provide fresh baby food, healthy meals for kids, changing facilities, and a breast-feeding-friendly environment. This chain will be the first of its kind in Britain.
The restaurants will be located in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Leeds, Coventry, Birmingham, and Liverpool. Every item of cutlery will be designed to be child-safe, and there will be an emphasis on setting a good example for the next generation, with all staff members being paid a living wage. Hayley is currently attempting to gain funding for this project via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. She envisions a safe, comfortable setting in which mothers can unwind, discuss the challenges of parenthood, and provide their babies with a nourishing meal.
According to Hayley, the flagship restaurant will be a ‘unique experience of colourful opulence mixed with a healthy teaspoon of nostalgia.’ She says that everywhere diners look, they will be confronted with an intriguing mystery begging to be solved, and that the restaurant will exude an ambience that encourages ‘curiosity, inquisitiveness and brightening the imagination.’ As if this wasn’t enough, the height, shape and use of each piece of furniture will be decided with the customer’s needs in mind, and she aims to establish an environment that is not just comfortable and fascinating, but also safe and accessible for children and adults alike.
The restaurant will have a strong focus on healthy eating. ‘‘It’s important to address an issue as crucial as nutrition and equally important to provide a safe place for parents to escape to, free from poisonous chemicals masquerading as food,’ says Hayley. ‘I am proud to be part of this project because it is the first step on the path to addressing that.’
The chain will be called Akachan, which means ‘baby’ in Japanese. It aims to be a utopia for parents and babies alike. Perhaps this project heralds the beginning of a new era, in which mother and baby can enjoy a meal together in a restaurant that was specifically designed with them in mind. You can check out Hayley’s project for yourself at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1568222102/akachan-a-baby-friendly-restaurant-and-community-p