Many restaurants have open kitchens where people can watch their dishes being prepared, but only one culinary experience includes large blowtorches cooking your dish mere feet from your face. At the Gastro Garage, self-described gastro mechanics swap the aprons and chef hats for jumpsuits, goggles and welding masks, and they actively engage the diners while working a meat-skewered drill bit in one hand and a flaming torch in the other. Diners sit behind an industrial counter in a vintage garage-style space as the gastro mechanics torch gourmet sandwiches and desserts (called “tanks”) made with savory brioche donuts. With fire seemingly dancing across the tank trays, the Gastro Garage brings together showmanship, gastronomy and blue-collar aesthetics in an experience where everyone feels the heat.

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