This is the extraordinary Japanese restaurant where monkeys serve drinks and wait tables.The Kayabukiya Tavern, in Utsunomiya, Tochigi prefecture, has been employing macaques for 29 years – after a monkey called Yat-chan, belonging to restaurant owner, Kaoru Otsuka, started copying human staff voluntarily.
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At three-years-old another monkey, called Fuku-chan, started copying Yat-chan and now 14 years later he has become the star attraction at the establishment.As this bizarre footage shows Fuku-chan now dons a black and white uniform each day and delivers drinks and napkins to bemused customers.
Some people have deemed the idea cruel but the owner insists his furry friends are very happy and when their working day is done they are paid in bananas.Each monkey is limited to working a maximum of two hours a day; the Monkey-Waiter Union is powerful like that.
The monkeys are also forbidden from serving food although Kayabuikya restaurant regulars swear that the monkeys can understand meal orders.The monkeys do not have set work hours but you’ll have the best chance of seeing them in action early in the evening.