This business is un­der­wa­ter and the owner is fine with that

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - GENE MARKS

Those “pop-up” restau­rants are just so old fashioned. The new craze just may be swim-in. Or dive-down.

That’s the hope of en­tre­pre­neur John Beer­naerts, who just opened a new restau­rant called “The Pearl” in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. Have you guessed where this restau­rant is lo­cated? Yeah, it’s un­der­wa­ter. In a deep pool that he also owns.

Din­ers must jump into the spe­cially de­signed pool and scuba dive down 16 feet below the sur­face to a “pod that looks like a cross be­tween a lu­nar land­ing craft and a gi­ant spaceman’s hel­met,” ac­cord­ing to this Daily Mir­ror re­port.

They then dis­man­tle their scuba gear and flip­pers be­fore sit­ting down to a de­li­cious meal of foie gras, lob­ster salad and cham­pagne served to them by wait­ers ... who are (of course) also scuba divers.

“We are launch­ing a new era of restau­rants,” Beer­naerts said.

Scuba diver wait­ers de­liver food in air-sealed con­tain­ers to din­ers who will con­sume it in an air-sealed con­tainer and af­ter fork­ing over 99 eu­ros ($137 Cdn) for the plea­sure.

“It was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence,” said one cus­tomer. “It’s a unique dinner and we will re­mem­ber this all our life.”

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