A coffee shop in Turkey is designed to feel like a prison, the New York Post reported Thursday.
Haft Coffee Roastery in Yalova, Turkey, is perhaps the ultimate hipster coffee shop due to being designed to look like a Turkish prison, according to the report. The mock jail turned coffee shop features a four-story building where customers must take an elevator to get to the location.
Waiters and waitresses in orange jumpsuits, meant to resemble prison garb, serve the guests. Guests can even take fake mugshots and get served in fake jail cells.
Haft, the German word for “custody” or “imprisonment,” opened in January and is already a hit with students who can try on the fake prison garments and take selfies in the fake jail cells. The coffee shop was started by Canhür Aktuglu, a co-owner of the shop, reported Vice. The shop already has plans for expanding by making another franchise in the Turkish town Görükle Bursa, according to the coffee shop’s official website.
Six journalists were sentenced to life in prison Feb. 16 following a 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. However, Aktuglu insists the prison coffee shop has no deeper political meaning.
“It was purely [for] a commercial purpose, to bring to life the story of an action movie or ‘Orange Is the New Black,'” Aktuglu, formerly a graphic designer, told Vice.
“The architecture of a coffee shop closely resembles that of a prison and the orange outfits are the most memorable of all costumes,” he added.
Haft Coffee Roastery has avid social media usage with photos and videos featuring the unique atmosphere and tasty food.
“Delicious dope,” reads one Facebook image, displaying their food.
Another image features a female posing in the mock prison and wearing orange prison pants.
Videos also show employees joking around in their fake prison garb. One video shows two women posing by a height chart in the mock mugshot setup.
Another video shows a man brewing coffee by a mock surveillance camera.
The prison also created an advertisement showing off their unique design.
“The coffee of the unfree world,” says the caption.
For one employee, working at the mock prison is somewhat close to fleeing the law in Iran. Barista Sana, 23, an Iranian who feared government persecution due to his Baha’i faith in Iran, fled to Turkey.
“I was going to go jail, so I just ran away,” said Sana. “Now, I came here, to a jail café,” he joked, adding that the situation is quite ironic.
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