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Dark Dining Alert

2008_04_opaque.jpgNot to be outdone by cupcakes and frozen yogurt, dark dining is the latest trend to make its way north from Southern California: "Ben Uphues hired only blind and sight impaired staff for his restaurant called Opaque. The restaurant had a dry run Tuesday night at San Francisco's Ritz Carlton, but will open next month. Opaque is already a hit in Los Angeles and San Diego. Patrons eat in complete darkness while being served by the blind wait staff. The idea is one's sense of taste heightens when their sense of sight is gone." Video of the aforementioned dry run is up on CBS, complete with spilled wine, abandoned silverware, frustrated eaters and cackling blind people. [CBS]