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Livestream Your Lunch? 'Truman Show'-Style Restaurant to Open in Brooklyn

By Rachel Holliday Smith | October 14, 2016 4:36pm | Updated on October 17, 2016 8:46am
 A new Brooklyn restaurant,
A new Brooklyn restaurant, "Live on Air," will live broadcast from its Flatbush Avenue dining room. Last week, the restaurant ran a test broadcast on its YouTube channel in preparation for its opening.
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This takes sharing a meal to a whole new level.

Live broadcasts are what’s for dinner at Live On Air, a restaurant set to open in Brooklyn next month that will air in real time the goings on of the eatery — and encourage customers to do the same, offering a 10 percent discount for patrons who Periscope or Facebook Live their night out.

It gives new meaning to the term, "Live Feed."

Owner Joe Barbour said he got the idea nearly two decades ago when watching the film “The Truman Show” (the 1998 film in which Jim Carey is trapped in a 24-hour reality show) with his best friend.

“He said, ‘We should do a "Truman Show" for a restaurant.’ And it took 17 years before the technology made it affordable,” he said.

The concept will include a broadcast booth in the front of the 41-seat restaurant located on Flatbush Avenue near Park Place, regular cooking segments filmed in the kitchen and cameras — already being tested in live feeds posted on Live on Air’s YouTube channel — placed all over the dining room.

But don’t worry, there are options for shy customers, too.

“You can certainly walk in and have a meal and never be on camera. It’s not Big Brother,” Barbour said.

"Live on Air" will be located at 335 Flatbush Ave. (Photo credit: DNAinfo/Rachel Holliday Smith)

The restaurant is a first for Barbour, a Brooklyn native who has spent nearly his whole career in nightlife and hospitality in New York, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.

The spot will be an American bistro “with a Louisiana influence,” he said, serving Cajun-style dishes made by executive chef Bobby Bouyer, a native of Louisiana. Live on Air will also have a full bar — Brooklyn Community Board 8 approved the eatery’s liquor license on Thursday.

Live on Air is located at 335 Flatbush Ave. between Park and Prospect places in Prospect Heights.