Planning to travel to Japan and worried there won’t be any low-grade hot dogs, stale nachos, and warm beer for you to eat? Don’t worry about it. Major League Baseball is opening an official restaurant in Tokyo that will feature “cuisine” found on the menus at ballparks throughout the league.
(Finally, Bobby Valentine will have somewhere to eat)
From the description, the place sounds like a slightly more ridiculous version of “Americatown,” the eatery patronized by the Simpsons during their trip to Japan.
According to the DAILY YOMIURI, it will the be the first licensed MLB restaurant, and will feature a 500-inch screen that will show games live (a 7:00 game on the east coast in the U.S. gets underway at 9:00 a.m. in Tokyo).
The food itself sounds, well, interesting:
The menus will include dishes created by the restaurant that will have items that combine local specialities of MLB team hometowns and Japanese cuisine.
For example, the restaurant will offer clam chowder arranged with Japanese burdock root. Clam chowder is a specialty in Boston, where Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima pitch for the Red Sox.
I, for one, am looking forward to the Kansas City BBQ squid, the Cincinnati chili-cheese shiitake mushrooms, and the Oakland fried whatever-we-can-find-in-the-dumpster-on-the-corner.
The restaurant will be run by Sunrise Japan Co., a Tokyo-based company that specializes in food services and tanning salons.
Baseball restaurants? Tanning salons? I know one guy who’s going to be there on opening day: