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Brief Published: 20 Feb 2017

Restaurant Allows Diners to Eat Takeaways

Take-In pop-up Helsinki in partnership with the Wolt app

Helsinki pop-up restaurant Take In, created by global financial firm American Express, is challenging the definition of the traditional restaurant. Guests order takeaways on-site from 20 local restaurants through Finnish app Wolt. Once their deliveries arrive, they consume the meals on the premises.

The kitchenless restaurant provides plates and cutlery on request, and has been designed to serve the needs of solo diners as well as groups of friends with different dietary needs and preferences. Dubbed "a living room in the city" by Wolt's director Juhani Mykkänen, the concept aims to encourage social dining.

Participating eateries include high-end establishments like Atelje Finne, Kom and Pastis, which have designed special takeout options just for the pop-up. Guests won't be charged a delivery or entry fee and don't need to book ahead. Take In will be open from now until the end of April.

For more on unusual dining concepts, see Nightlife Eats as well as Ikea's DIY Restaurant Pop-Up. For more on flexible communal dining, as well as 'dining al-desko', see Post-Kitchen Lifestyles, part of our Kitchen of the Future Industry Trend. Meanwhile, New Roles & Rituals examines the major drivers impacting today's eating culture.