Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Come For The Tofu, Stay For The Toilet

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Japanese restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, is attracting customers with a unique slogan: “Come for the tofu, stay for the toilet.”

That’s because the Umenohana restaurant – which specializes in gourmet tofu – also features a high-end Japanese toilet called the “washerette” that is extremely rare in the U.S. and attracts nearly as many visitors as the menu.

Folks who patronize the Cadillac of commodes can clean their privates with warm water that either oscillates or pulsates, depending on preference and can be adjusted to spray from the front or the back.

Even better: The seat reclines like a lavatory La-Z-Boy and after business is completed, customers dry their heineys with directional heat.

Umenohana has been open for 10 months and manager Takashi Yamaguchi admits the toilet is as much a selling point as the tofu. In fact, tourists and nearby business owners often find excuses to put their cabooses on the can whenever possible.

Yamaguchi doesn’t mind the extra attention but admits staffers keep a close eye to make sure homeless people don’t take advantage of the situation.

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