When the burger joint Hot Buns opened in Copenhagen in March, the tank-top and hot pants attire of its female wait staff led to a minor uproar.
“The burgers ought to give customers a bad conscious and a rotten taste in their months,” the former head of the Social Democrat’s youth wing, Camilla Schwalbe, said back in March.
But having survived the initial wave of protests unscathed, the restaurant has upped the ante. Big time. Hot Buns will now open Denmark’s first combination burger bar and sex shop.
Burgers can be purchased right next to dildos, fries can be enjoyed while checking out the selection of whips, chains and cock rings.
The new naughty combo will be known as Hot Buns After Dark and as the name suggests it will only be open in the wee hours.
Hot Buns owner Mathias Kær told The Local that the new take-away restaurant will serve people’s most basic weekend needs.
“On Friday and Saturday nights there are only two things most people want: sex and food. We’re combining them both,” Kær said.
He said the new concept is meant to take advantage of the restaurant’s prime location on Gothersgade, one of Copenhagen’s biggest party streets.
That the new concept is meeting resistance isn’t surprising to Kær.
“When we opened in March, we had a lot of press, and a lot of politicians and feminists who were against this concept. But we aren’t doing this just for the attention, we are doing it because we believe in it as a business concept,” he told The Local.
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Kær stressed that it is not a “dirty sex toy shop” but one that will sell officially-licensed Fifty Shades of Grey toys.
Although he will give his servers ‘panic buttons’ to call nearby security guards if any of the guests get out of hand, Kær said he didn’t expect any problems.
“There are all kinds of late-night places to eat on Gothersgade, so I don’t see why it should be any different here just because there are some attractive young women serving the food,” he said.
Kær told The Local that business at Hot Buns has been "insane" since it opened in March. The new carry-out concept opens on Thursday and Kær has a special treat in store. The first ten male customers will receive a free cock ring, while the first ten women will get a vibrator.