Bon viveurs worried about spoiling their shirts at supper will be able strip off and feast in the nude when London’s first naked restaurant opens this summer.
The Bunyadi, which now has a waiting list of more than 27,000, will be open for three months from June 2016. The website urges prospective diners to sign up in order to be notified when tickets go on sale: “First come first served basis”.
Diners will be encouraged to disrobe and “experience true liberation” while tucking into a tasting menu. On arrival, customers will be escorted to a changing room, asked to place their clothes and belongings in lockers and given a light gown. It is then up to them whether to remove the final item of clothing at the table. Tables will be partly obscured by bamboo screens, creating a semblance of privacy. Large napkins will presumably be provided to prevent unfortunate burns.
“Minimally clothed” serving staff will wait on tables, offering a menu which will include grilled meats as well as vegan options, all cooked on a wood fire and served on handmade clay crockery.
According to the masterminds behind the restaurant, the “Pangaea-like” enterprise seeks to free guests from the “trappings of the industrialised-world”. Mobile phones and photographs will be banned.
The Bunyadi – a Hindi term meaning ‘fundamental’, ‘base’ or ‘natural’ – is the latest creation from Lollipop, the company behindShoreditch’s Breaking Bad cocktail bar, ABQ London.
Founder Seb Lyall said: “I think it will appeal to vegans and naturists from all over the UK. It won’t be a first date venue but certainly second dates and dinner with friends.”
The venue in central London – its specific location is so far undisclosed – has a capacity of forty-two and dinner will cost around £60 per person.
Mr Lyall added: “We believe people should get the chance to enjoy and experience a night out without any impurities: no chemicals, no artificial colours, no electricity, no gas, no phone – and even no clothes.
“We have worked very hard to design a space where everything patrons interact with is bare and naked. The use of natural bamboo partitions and candlelight has enabled to us to make the restaurant discreet, whilst adhering to the ethos behind it. No doubt, this has been the most challenging project for us yet, which makes us very excited about it.”
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