[Editor's note: The restaurant has announced that their last day of operation will be on Aug. 28, 2021.]
Nox Dine In The Dark, a restaurant where diners eat in a pitch-black dining room, has been asked to vacate the premises by the end of June, 2021.
For the uninitiated, the restaurant hires visually impaired individuals as hosts for the experience.
Nox first launched in 2013 and has been around for eight years.
Asked to vacate the premises
The restaurant announced in a release on May 7 that their landlord is allegedly disputing the validity of their renewal clause and has "demanded" them to vacate the premises.
Nox's owner and founder, Jesper Gustafsson, said that the situation is "extremely disappointing" as they have already gone through a lockdown and adhered to social distancing in the past 12 months.
Gustafsson added that they are currently communicating with their landlord, and hopes to resolve the situation in order to continue operations.
The restaurant thanked their guests for their support over the years as well.
Jobs for the visually impaired
Another concern raised by Nox was the livelihood of their visually impaired staff.
The restaurant said that they are grateful to be able to give the visually impaired "a second home" by offering them an opportunity to work.
However, they pointed out that if they are unable to renew their lease, their staff are at risk of being jobless.
According to Nox, this might impact their visually impaired staff the most as they might have a difficult time finding a new job.
The restaurant is therefore appealing for the public to show their support by visiting them during this "very difficult time."
Landlords who are interested can also reach out to them, Nox added.
Top photos via Nox - Dine in the Dark