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'Thank You For Coming' is an Open Landscape for Design

Elizabeth Daniels 12/12

Before even stepping in the door, Thank You For Coming, a confusing non-restaurant which serves food, gives thanks to anyone that pays it consideration. With its shabby-chic (chic being a very generous term here) interior, this performance space, of sorts, welcomed in its first artist on December 5. Reps for the venue explain that TYFC will never function as a traditional restaurant. For one, they're trying out a pay-what-you-want lunch program called "Snak-Stop" where a menu lists suggested meal prices but the diner makes the final decision on how much to actually leave. Service runs Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During evening hours, Wednesday to Saturday from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. (a family-style dinner is served on Sundays), TYFC takes on "residencies." For example, the inaugural month-long residency called L.A. Novela Special is a "performance piece" by Cristina Victor as her alter-ego Miami. The entire restaurant has morphed to fit "Miami" and Victor is serving "Miami's interpretation of the Cuban Frita," yuca fries with cilantro aioli, a watercress salad, and flan. Of course the menu changes regularly and there's no alcohol at the moment. If that's confusing you can read more about it all here. Next month the non-restaurant will take on a new personality and menu. And alcohol might finally be served.
·Thank You For Coming is Coming Together [~ELA~]
·Thank You For Coming: A New Kind of Restaurant [~ELA~]