A backlash against the restaurant ensued on Twitter soon after it was announced as people explained why the idea is so utterly terrible.
Many believed the restaurant was a hoax.
Vice UK suggested it could have been “an elaborate ruse set up by art students”.
However, BuzzFeed News spoke to Eventbrite, the website that hosted the ticket purchase for the restaurant, and it confirmed that it had been dealing with a “a legitimate organisation”.
After BuzzFeed News made a call to Death Row Dinners’ PR firm, Kaper, the proprietors swiftly uploaded the following statement to their website:
We’re shocked and saddened by the response to Death Row Dinners and are genuinely very sorry for any offence caused. The pop-up is intended to explore the concept of last meals; anyone who has ever been to a dinner party has probably had this conversation – what would they love their last meal to be.
In light of the response to the idea we are considering our next steps and will update everyone with our decision.
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