Anyone can open a restaurant for a day
Restaurant Day is a worldwide food carnival when anyone can set up a restaurant, café or a bar for a day. It can happen anywhere: at your home, at the office, on a street corner, in your garden or inner courtyard, at a park, or on the beach – only your imagination is the limit. The idea of the day is to have fun, share new food experiences and enjoy our common living environments together. The event is facilitated by a team of volunteers who also maintain this website. All restaurateurs are personally responsible for all actions related to running their restaurants.
The first Restaurant Day was held in Finland in May 2011. Today it is the world’s biggest food festival celebrated in hundreds of cities four times a year. Restaurant Day is the world’s biggest food carnival and happens worldwide four times a year. In the past Restaurant Days all together over 17 400 one-day restaurants by over 70 000 restaurateurs have catered for estimated 2 million customers in 70 countries.
- 21 May 2011: 45 restaurants, 13 cities
- 18 August 2011: 190 restaurants, 30+ cities, 4 countries
- 19 November 2011: 287 restaurants, 40+ cities, 2 countries
- 4 February 2012: 304 restaurants, 50+ cities, 12 countries
- 19 May 2012: 711 restaurants, 90+ cities, 19 countries
- 19 August 2012: 784 restaurants, 100+ cities, 17 countries
- 17 November 2012: 702 restaurants, 130+ cities, 25 countries
- 17 February 2013: 629 restaurants, 130+ cities, 31 countries
- 18 May 2013: 1701 restaurants, 200+ cities, 30 countries
- 18 August 2013: 1683 restaurants, 220 cities, 35 countries
- 16 November 2013: 1383 restaurants, 190 cities, 31 countries
- 16 February 2014: 1210 restaurants, 27 countries
- 17 May 2014: 2724 restaurants, 35 countries
- 17 August 2014: 2017 restaurants, 30 countries
- 15 November 2014: 1698 restaurants, 35 countries
- 15 February 2015: 1375 restaurants, 34 countries
- 16 May 2015
- 16 August 2015
- 21 November 2015
One-day restaurants have so far popped up in 70 different countries including Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Ecuador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, USA and Uzbekistan.
The real heroes of Restaurant Day are the thousands of fun loving people organizing and visiting amazing one-day restaurants. However, a tight and active group of volunteers is needed to make sure everything runs smoothly in the background. The event is facilitated by an association created by the Restaurant Day team. The members of board are Timo Santala, Kirsti Tuominen, Antti Tuomola and Jyrki Vanamo.