Utsunomiya Japan – In a city about 100km north of Tokyo, a restaurant called The Kayabukiya tavern, a steak house has taken a new approach to employing waiters – they have trained multiple macaque monkeys to wait on their customers. People from around the globe have come to visit them.
Kaoru Otsuka, 63, the owner of the tavern, originally kept the monkeys as pets – but then noticed how they began copying his actions in the restuarant, and so set them to work as waiters.
Yat-chan, is now 12 years old and is more experienced then the others – he takes customers’ drinks orders and brings them to their table.
The restaurant’s owner, Otsuka, reported that he never initially taught the monkeys; Yat-chan first learned from watching him work.
Otsuka said, “It all started one day when I gave him a hot towel out of curiosity and he brought the towel to the customer”
Fuku-chan, often dresses up as a young woman to spark bigger tips. Both monkeys receive boiled soya beans from customers as tips for their service
The younger macaque, named Fuku-chan, is currently four years old and has the main duty of bringing the attendees hot towels to clean their hands before ordering drinks. Fuku-chan has only two years of experience
The monkeys’ environment has been inspected to ensure proper treatment of the animals. Due to regulations, they are each only allowed to work for two hours a day. They’ve even been deemed sanitary, so long as they wear their miniature uniforms.