Calling all Karens: Diner chain famous for ‘horrible service’ coming to Victoria

Calling all Karens: Diner chain famous for 'horrible service' coming to Victoria
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Karen's Diner, known for its "horrible service," is opening up a pop-up restaurant in Victoria this March.

Great food, famously horrible service.

That’s what patrons can expect when visiting Karen’s Diner, an immersive dining experience that’s stopping by Victoria for a limited time this spring to greet guests not with a smile, but a scowl.

The chain, with multiple locations across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, is going on tour and the only stop in Canada is B.C.’s capital, where foodies can enjoy “great burgers and rude services,” according to organizers.

What’s on the menu? “Karma,” they advertise.

“Customers can expect plenty of sass, great food and a hefty sprinkle of bad attitude,” organizers said in a news release promoting the event.

“As Karen’s Diner goes, the food is great, the service ungrateful, but your experience will be unforgettable. Don’t expect special treatment at this diner because it’s all about Karen, and she won’t be taking any of your nonsense!”

Popular on social media, the chain has gone viral online, including via one YouTube video watched more than 36 million times showing a Karen’s waitress greeting patrons, saying: “What’s up losers? Put your damn phone down.”

From Mar. 31 to April 1, Karen’s is taking over Sonora Bar & Grill on Yates Street, where kids will be welcome till 5 p.m., and when it comes to serving those with dietary restrictions, “Karen does, but she’s not happy about it.”

Other stops on the upcoming tour include New York City, Liverpool, U.K., and Canberra, Australia.

Tickets cost $45 per person, are available online here and come with an order of fries, a pop and a burger, with menu options including “The ‘I want to see a manager’ Karen,” “The Fiery Karen,” and “Karen’s Got Real Beef,” to name a few.

And when arriving, instructions are simple: “Sit down and shut up,” Karen’s added.


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