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Restaurant Mysteries: The Tale of Two Toilets

estaurant Mysteries is a new series in which we highlight certain things about eateries that make you smile, say “huh,” and raise your eyebrows in confusion. At times we will solve said mystery, other times it will stay as such

Momiji is no Kaz Sushi Bistro or Sushi Taro, but it is my favorite little hole in the wall sushi joint.

Happy Hour is a steal with $3-$5 beer and most maki rolls at $5. But I’m here to talk about the bathroom. Yes, the bathroom.

You see, Momiji’s bathroom has a unique problem/puzzle/award-winning idea. I live attached to my phone, which came in handy the first time I walked into said single bathroom and saw two toilets. Two free-standing toilets separated by only a little trash can — nice to see that whichever toilet you choose, you have great access to that trash can. After I got over my surprise and amusement I immediately snapped a pic and then, um, made my choice.

I wonder:

1) Did the owners do this so that conversations don’t have to end? From table to toilet, you never have to stop talking to your friend now. #NewTrend

2) Is this too literal an interpretation of “Does someone want to go to the bathroom with me?” and its variations? #LostInTranslation

3) Are both toilets treated equally? It looks like one has an air freshener on it and the other doesn’t. #ThatIsntFair

4) Does one toilet get more love from patrons? #TwinsArentAlwaysEqual

5) Is there a toilet paper dispenser for the one on the right? #ICantRemember

The bartender told me it was an issue with the contractor and that there are quirks around the restaurant, but I can’t state that as fact. Plus I’m not sure if the issue existed before Momiji did (ie building age). I did call and leave a message inquiring about the Twin Toilets but haven’t heard back yet. I’m sure they think it’s a prank.

I don’t think it would cost more than a few hundred to remove a toilet (I pick the one on the right), but then what would you do with the extra bathroom real estate? I say leave it as is because it adds a certain sense of…well, I’m not sure, but something.

505 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-8110
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- Tricia Barba

Managing Editor Tricia is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Columbia Heights. She loves DC so much that she was only able to leave the city for one year after college and immediately came running back. She’s lived in Navy Yard for the last three years and is excited to see all the new restaurants finally moving into the neighborhood.Tricia works in PR during the day, and spends her nights trying out new restaurants in DC with friends or watching The Good Wife, Scandal, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. A couple of years ago Tricia decided to eat at all of the 100 Very Best Restaurants until she realized she would be old and broke by the time she finished. Unfortunately, part of that fate might still come true due to her obsession with Uber.


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