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Karen's Diner pop-up to return next month with big change after swathe of complaints

An infamous pop-up diner promising rude service and great food is set to return next month with one big change after a swathe of complaints. <i>(Image: DANIEL HORDON)</i>
An infamous pop-up diner promising rude service and great food is set to return next month with one big change after a swathe of complaints. (Image: DANIEL HORDON)

An infamous pop-up diner promising rude service and great food is set to return next month with one big change after a swathe of complaints.

First launched in Australia and having since expanded worldwide after going viral on TikTok, Karen’s Diner flips customer service on its head with rude wait staff and terrible manners.

The brand first came to the North East with a pop-up venue last month (February 4/5) in Newcastle drawing in huge crowds.

Read more: We tried the Karen's Diner pop-up in Newcastle - and it was terrifying

Bosses at the chain have announced two new pop-up dates next month over the Easter weekend on April 8 and 9.

But organisers have promised the food will be bottomless after being inundated by complaints following the first pop-up event.

Customers were left disappointed when they were served one slice of pizza, compared to the ‘bottomless’ offering which had been sold to them.

Announcing the new dates in a statement Karen’s Diner said: “As you already know, Karen’s on Tour came to Newcastle. Mother Karen… she saw, she came, she conquered!

“But even now you’re all still whining, you have got your way as we're coming back for easter.

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“Now Mother Karen has told us to tell you that this time the food WILL be bottomless”.

Ryan Blackburn, Managing Director of Karen's On Tour previously said: “Once you’re in a Karen’s you’ll not be thinking about strikes, Brexit or electricity costs, you’ll just be wanting to survive.

“Customers would need to expect plenty of sass, great food, and a sprinkle of bad attitude, so don't expect special treatment as it’s all about Karen, and she won't be taking any nonsense.

"All will be able to have fun and wind the staff up to unleash their inner Karen and see their full Karen potential."


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Diners are told to expect turbulent service, singing waiters and regular visits from the manager who is quoted to be "the biggest Karen of them all".

Since launching in Sydney, Australia in 2021 diners have since opened up across the UK in Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and Newport.

Last week the Echo’s sister paper the South Wales Argus reported how the Newport venue received a zero food hygiene rating after inspectors visited the restaurant last month.