Here’s a fun one for Eater — wrote about the wave of “collab cafes” that have sprung up across Japan, centered around the Ted Cafe & Bar that opened recently. Yeah, the bear.
People crowd around a giant stuffed toy, snapping photos and lining up to take a selfie with the super-sized version of Ted, the foul-mouthed bear from the film franchise of the same name. At the recently opened Ted Cafe and Bar, tucked away on the second floor of a building in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya neighborhood, the venue is completely devoted to the Seth MacFarlane creation. It’s nearly full at 11 a.m. on a Wednesday, the only time I could get a reservation this week. I’ve come by myself, but the restaurant has kindly placed a Halloween-themed Ted in the chair across from me in what they dub the “VIP room,” so I’m never really alone.