In order to provide an alternative place to hang out that still has all the markings of cool, but no signs of trouble, a restaurant opened its doors on Monday for teenagers in Jerusalem that doesn’t serve alcohol.
The pub isn’t new, but the night dedicated to teens and clearing the shelves of alcohol is. The youth night will take place every Monday at Lugar, a trendy Jerusalem bistro. The restaurant will provide the atmosphere that the teens are seeking and the teens will provide their own entertainment, from bands to poetry readings.
The city of Jerusalem is the first to launch such a project in Israel and Mayor Uri Lupolianski said he hopes the idea catches on in other cities around the country.
One of the 100 or so teens who showed up for the event said he liked the idea and he hopes it helps his peers who hang out late at night and sometimes get into trouble.
“They just go out, they come to school very tired, they ditch classes,” said Nechemya Rosenfeld, a 17-year-old Jerusalem resident. “This is a good way to solve a problem.”
Amir Turgeman, Lugar’s owner, told Israel Today he is losing money by hosting youngsters who don’t spend too much money, but that it is for the betterment of the city and its youth.
“The idea here is to show them they can go out and have fun like adults with a good atmosphere,” he said.