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The Ningen Restaurant has a very bleak menu

Jeremy Glass
October 24, 2018

Just in time for Halloween, a new pop-up restaurant in Tokyo's Shinjuku district is serving up meals most afoul. What makes The Ningen (“Human”) Restaurant so unique is that its entire menu is made up of the last meals requested by death row inmates. That’s right, as Spoon & Tamago reports, the dishes you eat were eaten by psychopathic murderers right before they were executed.

So, what kind of food can you get? There’s the Judy Buenoano, who murdered her husband and son in 1998 and requested a final meal of asparagus, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, and hot tea. Or you could go for a heavier dish like that of murderer Gary Mark Gilmore, whose last meal consisted of steak, potatoes, milk, and coffee. Located within the soon-to-be-demolished Kabukicho Book Center, the space will also display artwork by prominent Japanese artists and feature performances until October 28.


Ningen Restaurant comes just in time for the annual lust for morbidity that happens around Halloween and will undoubtedly send patrons and interested parties into a last meal K-hole. Luckily, we’ve done some of the work for you. Here are a couple notable (and, frankly, delicious) death row meals, courtesy of photographer Henry Hargreaves.

Victor Feguer (kidnapping and murder): One single olive.

John Wayne Gacy (rape and murder): Twelve fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.

Ronnie Lee Gardner (burglary, robbery, murder): Steak, a lobster tail, apple pie, and vanilla ice cream.

Stephen Anderson (burglary, assault, murder): Two grilled cheese sandwiches, a pint of cottage cheese, a hominy/corn mixture, peach pie, chocolate chip ice cream, and radishes.

Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City bombing): Mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Bon appetit!

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