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Paint It Black: Would you dine in the dark?

Paint It Black: Would you dine in the dark?

Sarah Sole

Forget dining by candlelight. 

The newest concept to hit Columbus is a pitch-black dining experience that allows diners to forego their sense of sight to focus instead on taste, smell, mouthfeel, and sound. 

The experience comes from Hidden, a discovery platform that offers virtual and live experiences in over 30 cities around the world. According to their website, the concept of dining in the dark began in Europe in the ‘90s. 


Pitch Black: Dining in the Dark – Columbus tickets cost between $70 and $75. Time slots include 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 22, and 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 29.

Guests enter a warmly-lit space called Pitch Black, and then proceed to eat a three-course meal after being plunged in the dark. Diners have to hand over phones, watches, and any other light sources prior to the 90-minute dining session. 

You can choose from three set menus. They’re secret, but can accommodate dietary requirements or allergies. 

What do you think, Columbus? At least we don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in our teeth. 

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