Restaurant Day is a “one-day carnival” that encourages self-styled chefs to open a temporary restaurant.

Conceived a year ago in Helsinki, Restaurant Day is a “one-day carnival” that encourages self-styled chefs to open a temporary restaurant, café or bar anywhere from their office to a street corner. With foodie culture and entrepreneurialism flourishing, the festival is a nice way to help people share their love of food and sometimes raise money in the process. The idea has been gaining momentum; for the fifth Restaurant Day, which took place on May 19, more than 700 pop-up restaurants sprung up in 19 countries. The sixth is planned for Aug. 19 and looks likely to include more venues, including some in the U.S.

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