Instagram pictures of elegantly plated dinners, long farmstyle tables, and well-to-do people laughing in what looks like a loft apartment are followed by commenters asking, “Where is this?” This is the world of underground dining. Aspiring and established chefs invite strangers into their homes (or their friends’ stores after hours, or the empty warehouse at the edge of town, or the nearest farm) for a night of food and revelry in exchange for cash. Although decidedly antiestablishment, these secret suppers and pop-up restaurants are popular—there are websites to help people locate them, and many respected publications have penned stories about their rise.1 While some municipalities have been proactive in regulating these events, in other locales these dinners remain completely illegal, violating health, zoning, employment, and business-licensing regulations.
The University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue
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Sarah B. Schindler,
Regulating the Underground: Secret Supper Clubs, Pop-Up Restaurants and the Role o f Law,
U. Chi. L. Rev. Dialogue
Available at: https://digitalcommons.mainelaw.maine.edu/faculty-publications/60
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