Karen’s Diner is Where You Go For Fries, Burgers and Rude Table Service

Not all Karens.


Time to book an appointment with your hairdresser to get yourself a “I’d like to speak to the manager” haircut, because you’re gonna need it.

Karen’s Diner, an American-style diner where the staff are encouraged to be rude to the clientele, is coming to Sydney’s CBD post-lockdown.

In a bid to poke fun at today’s ‘cancel culture’ and the trending stereotype of ‘Karens’, experiential events and hospitality company, Viral Ventures, are the creative brains behind this 6-month pop-up.

Karen’s will be in World Square, in a transformed retail space, with a classic America-in-the-1950’s theme, but with a bit of added spice; the staff members get to let out their inner ‘Karens’. Honestly, god knows what will happen. This is either fucking genius or an absolute nightmare… maybe both.

Having worked in hospitality myself, being able to let out your true inner feelings towards some brash customers sounds pretty liberating, albeit kinda dangerous. You never know how people are going to react, but you’d hope that knowing their servers are going to be rude to them before they walk-in, will help make for some light tongue-in-cheek fun.

Offering burgers, wings, shakes and cocktails as well as some fab vegan and vego options, the food is set to be pretty delicious, hopefully mending any bruised egos along the way.

“All of our concepts at Viral Ventures are designed to make sure people have fun and potentially try something they have never experienced before, whether it’s an immersive experience in our Wonderland Bar or being served by angry Karen’s in our new Karen’s Diner,” said Viral Ventures Co-Founder Aden Levin.

“Particularly after the last few months, we just want people to have fun and this is our approach to all our venues and pop-ups around Australia.”

TBH, some loaded fries with a side of Karen sounds like just the spice we need to get our butts back in the game post-lockdown.

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All of the Sydney Food News You Need to Know

For all your Sydney food moments.

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There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.

Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.

  • To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tuck into a Fireball Burger
  • Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here
  • For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
  • Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
  • Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.

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