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Blind French eaterie seeks to conquer New York
暗黑法國食肆企圖征服紐約

Blind waiter Sam Davis III, left, leads fellow waiters to their seats during a training session at the Dans Le Noir restaurant in New York on Dec. 3.
失明男服務生山姆‧戴維斯三世(左)十二月三日在紐約的「在黑暗中」餐廳,在訓練過程中,帶領其他服務生到他們的座位。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

A French restaurant where diners cannot see what they are eating, often spill their wine and must conduct conversations while staring into pitch darkness has proved such a success in Europe that it is making a foray into the Americas.

After expanding from Paris into London, Moscow, Barcelona and St. Petersburg, the Dans Le Noir chain, staffed by blind waiters, will open an outlet in the neon-lit tourist hub of New York’s Times Square this month.

What seemed at the outset to be just a bizarre fad, has proved surprisingly popular. “When I started this business, everyone thought I was crazy,” Edouard de Broglie, 49, CEO of the chain’s owner, Ethik Investment, and founder of the restaurant chain, told Reuters.

Dans Le Noir, French for “In the Dark,” is not the first restaurant of its kind, although it has spread the fastest, having served more than a million people at its restaurants and temporary venues in Warsaw, Geneva and Bangkok.

Dans Le Noir uses visually impaired waiters to guide patrons past heavy black curtains into a pitch-dark dining room where they are served a surprise two or three-course menu.

(Reuters)

一家食客看不到自己在吃什麼、常會把酒灑出來、要在一片漆黑中交談的法國餐廳,在歐洲已經大獲成功,現在也將進軍美國。

從巴黎擴展到倫敦、莫斯科、巴塞隆納、聖彼得堡之後,這家由失明者擔任服務生的「在黑暗中」連鎖餐廳,本月將在紐約霓虹燈通明的旅遊中樞時報廣場開設分店。

一開始看似古怪的風潮,現在卻是出奇地受歡迎。四十九歲的執行長德布羅懿告訴路透:「我開這家餐廳時,大家都覺得我瘋了。」

「在黑暗中」不是全球第一間類似的餐廳,不過卻是擴張最快的一家,造訪其分店以及華沙、日內瓦與曼谷等臨時分店的顧客已經超過一百萬人。

「在黑暗中」僱用失明服務生引導顧客穿越厚重的黑色布簾,進入漆黑的用餐區,在那裡,服務生為顧客奉上兩到三道驚奇餐點。

(路透/翻譯:國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. pitch darkness n. phr.

一片漆黑 (yi2 pian4 qi1 hei1)

例: Suddenly the lights went out, and the house was left in pitch darkness.

(燈光突然熄了,房子陷入一片漆黑。)

2. make a foray / v. phr.

嘗試 (chang2 shi4)

例: She made a brief foray into acting before becoming a teacher.

(她當老師之前,短暫試過演戲。)

3. outset n.

一開始 (yi4 kai1 shi3)

例: I told him from the outset I wasn’t interested.

(我一開始就告訴他我沒興趣。)


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