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Turn Instructables into a restaurant. FOOD, FURNITURE, LIGHTS, DECORATION, all designed by members of Instructables. It's all there.

Why not turn all this wonderful information on Instructables into a real restaurant. There is a wide choice of food and furniture. And you can have your guests comment on it through instructables.com.

Do you want a big or small thing?  A real business or just a cool dinner party? The restaurant can take all shapes and sizes because the info on Instructable.com is pretty limitless. Use it! In this ible we add some ideas for graphic design, production logistics, how to deal with food preparation and how to give everybody credit for what they bring in.

This instructable is the result of an Instructables Restaurant pilot, a collaboration between Arne Hendriks and Bas van Abel, Fablab Amsterdam, Waag Society, and several Instructables members. 

Step 1: Ideas behind the idea

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Here is some of the ideas behind the Instructables Restaurant.

1. The Instructables Restaurant comes with full instructions for everything. In most restaurants you get to buy and enjoy the food, and sometimes even the furniture. But in the Instructables Restaurant you go home knowing how to make the food as well as the furniture. We give you the instructions and recipes!

2. The Internet is full of passive information, and more is added every second. By really using and implementing  this information not only do you plug into a world of know-how but it's also great for the people who have shared their knowledge. That's why crediting them is important!

3. The Instructables Restaurant originates from the input of others. This creates a different notion of ownership and the intellectual property of a regular business. A lot of the input comes from others. This is what we like about the idea.

4.The Instructables Restaurant creates a space between limitless information and reality. It's a 2.0 dock station where digital and real connect and communicate.

But enough of that. Let's build a restaurant!

gamegenie2k4 years ago
This is unbelievably awesome. If there were an Instructables resteraunt near here? They'd probably end up with most of my money....
kcls5 years ago
This is like my dream... You, my friend, are awesome
You're saling across the world? Nice!!!
arne hendriks (author)  kcls5 years ago
When you're done sailing across the world come visit!
coppeis4 years ago
How do you download the pdf?
You're Awesome!!
Monkeybrad5 years ago
Thank you for including the barrel chairs, I am looking into travel options to come visit.
arne hendriks (author)  Monkeybrad5 years ago
Hey great to hear from you!! Let us know and you get a royal welcome.
Geli125 years ago
 Where is this Restaurant?
Fred826645 years ago
WOW !!!! that would be a cool place to stop in and check out! If I ever was in town it would be in the top 5 on my top 10 places to see and eat if I was hungry when there. Do you serve Coffee? I  could always use a cup of good Coffee   
foobear5 years ago
What?  No butter pens for the toast?
led2355 years ago
 Does it have a jaw replacement machine, because when i visit, i will need one
I'd do this if my peeps would let me. Unfortunately they won't.
Meggeler5 years ago
WOW - ya' all got free wifi too?
Sure thing. Visitors need to be able to comment on the food at instructables.com. That's why we've put computers there as well. 
this is just amazingly awsm,
congrats  on planning & design/construction.
So Well Done
poppecast5 years ago
If your were [at] Waag Society 15 anniversary party last wednesday evening you cannot have missed the flow jamming in this 400 years old building.

Sorry party-people!
Sorry amsterdam klezmer band

...I didn't RDFM: I've used foil for  toasting the bread with nice figures.

Cpt. Caleb5 years ago
holy crap! It's like christmas come early!

timweaver175 years ago
is this a real restaurant that people can come visit? if so, where?
Doctor What5 years ago
I saw the group and forum topic (s)  a while back, and to be honest, I didn't think you'd follow through (just another fun idea), but this party is fantastic!

I'll have to have my own!
ewilhelm5 years ago
Besides the three soups I see in the intro image, what else is on the menu?
arne hendriks (author)  ewilhelm5 years ago
Until now we have the soup and the toast. We've had some chefs read through the recipes and pick several good ones. As we are not experienced restauranteurs ourselves we want to develop it slowly, have a few pilot events, and see where it goes. Next thing might be a cheese cake bar connected to a competition like you organize on the website. We'll provide all the cheesecakes on the web, each single one, and let the guests decide which ones they like most.
Yes. Cheesecake Contest!
Do it! I have a ginger and white chocolate one to enter :D Been meaning to iblise it for a while :D
arne hendriks (author)  ewilhelm5 years ago
And then the next goal is to serve you Canida's venison dish here in Amsterdam some day.
scoochmaroo5 years ago
arne hendriks (author)  scoochmaroo5 years ago
We're eyeing your truffles for the next time.
Neat!  The four-minute mousse is a crowd pleaser too!
arne hendriks (author)  scoochmaroo5 years ago
I can't believe that guide to Kiteman. It blows me away.
Kiteman5 years ago
Wa-hey, great work!

I guess you are working up to a full-blown actual restaurant?

(Oh, please let the answer be "yes"!)
arne hendriks (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Yes Kiteman, we are BUT it is also really meant as an instructable so I hope lots of people will adopt the idea and open Instructable Restaurants of their own.

ps I still would like to incorporate some of the cool ideas you posted one year ago!
That answer is so Instructables!

Excellent idea (to just let others copy you), but (speaking commercially), you may want to require that users of your ibles credit your ideas.

arne hendriks (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Yes the credit thing. To be honest this idea never crystalized in isolation anyway. I'm heavily indebted to Catalan designer Marti Guixé www.guixe.com (I worked with him on a concept restaurant Food Facility at Mediamatic in Amsterdam) and the whole instructables Restaurant only became more then an idea when Bas van Abel of Waag Society picked it up and said let's do it. He is now totally a co-author on this, and I hope we can find many more who are willing to co-write scripts for funky Instructables restaurants. The first experience was soooo worth the trouble.

(I'm now thinking of a Kiteman/Instructables Speed Dating Hub. Hmmm what would that look like?)
Actually... Arne and I are already working on an Instructables Bar as well. It is amazing when you look at the speed you can make stuff when you have good instructions ;-) I love the open approach! The team is already heating up for the next production party, for which anyone is invited to come to Amsterdam.
(Speed dating?  When did I suggest speed dating...?)
arne hendriks (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
No no not like that. I mean since you have an ible about yourself on instructables. This creates an interesting structure for a new approach to speed dating. I mean if you take the logic of personal guides to the extreme.  Maybe you missed my reply about 20 minutes ago.

arne hendriks (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
And did I just see there is an instructable on you?
That is a really interesting idea when connected to the notion of a speed dating café.
Jayefuu5 years ago
Super! Thanks for including my soup :D That was a nice surprise for when I woke up this morning :D What a fantastic idea!

Next time try my green thai curry please? I really need better pictures but aren't a good enough photographer to do the dish justice. :)
arne hendriks (author)  Jayefuu5 years ago
How do I set up a forum for all the recipe ideas? Also in the next graphic design and posters for authors I'd like to include the patches. They're great.
Ummmm. You could start a discussion topic in the group that you started :D
J@50n5 years ago
on the drukne robot drawings, i think skullbee woule like his name changed to SKULLBEE not SKILLBEE. just noticed.
arne hendriks (author)  J@50n5 years ago
Changed! thx
Really cool!!  You could put a big flat screen on the wall and show some of the videos that go with alot of the ibles.  That way people could watch things being made as they eat.  PVC and k'nex bathroom fixtures would top this off LOL!
DainiusGB5 years ago
 this is an amazing idea!

Real innovation!

kizel5 years ago
Great Idea -- I loved the prototype at Waag! Great Work.
arne hendriks (author)  kizel5 years ago
Were you there?
Yeah, last night. I don't think we met.
Spint5 years ago
You sir have just won the internet.
Creativeman5 years ago
Great idea!  Every restuarant needs flowers, greenery. (Handmade, recycled paper). Cman
arne hendriks (author)  Creativeman5 years ago
Great idea, is the instruction online?
arne hendriks (author)  Creativeman5 years ago
Thanks, this one goes on the new ideas list.
noahh5 years ago
Franchises, please!
arne hendriks (author)  noahh5 years ago
Yes franchises please!
 Wow! This is awesome! Have you guys opened? Like can i come by next summer? I'm going to Belgium anyway....
mg0930mg5 years ago
This idea has been tossed around for a long while. I can't believe it's actually coming together.
I just looked at some of the topics you made a year ago, and the group. So glad, you can do this. :)
arne hendriks (author)  mg0930mg5 years ago
Me too. I was afraid it might not happen after all but the people of fablab Amsterdam immediately loved it and adopted the whole thing. They produced most of the things needed during two great production parties.



Tell me!

This was a pilot event in De Waag Society in Amsterdam, located in the oldest municipal building in the city from the 14th century. We'll start planning the next event soon.
 My mind just blew, now there's bits and pieces of it splattered all over the walls and screen. Great.

This is just too awesome! Where is this restaurant located? I have to choose a good restaurant for my last meal before jaw surgery, and this would be my first choice! Well done! :D  
Sunbanks5 years ago
That's just like... wow! 
Novaprime215 years ago
This is too cool for words... 
Seriously amazing.