To dine, or not to dine ... naked? That is the question — if you find yourself eating at The Bunyadi, the new clothing-optional restaurant launching in London this summer, that is.
"Enter a secret Pangea-like world, free from phones, electric lights and even clothing (optional) and revisit the beginning where everything was fresh, free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life," the folks behind The Bunyadi write on their website.
We know, we know … "Say no more!" some of you are probably thinking. Your plane ticket is already booked, and your shirt is halfway off, making its sorry way to the floor.
But just in case you still have questions — "How exactly is this going to work?" was my first one — here’s an overview of the restaurant’s plan.
First things first: Let’s discuss the layout.
The establishment will reportedly be split into two sides, with meal-goers asked to enter a changing room and remove all but a provided gown (lockers available).
Once situated on their respective side, diners can choose between a vegan and non-vegan tasting menu of wood-flame-grilled meals served on handmade clay crockery.
The cutlery will also be edible (!), and the ingredients will be home-grown. According to Country and Townhouse, the spatula used to cook the meal will be “a piece of tree branch.”
Most importantly, the bar is strategically situated in the non-naked partition. Gown-wearing diners who are feeling feisty — perhaps after nursing a spirit or two — are welcome to travel through the hallway (demarcated on the restaurant’s floor-plan as the “Path to purity”) and break bread with their liberated brethren on the “Naked and Pure” side, should they choose.
“We have worked very hard to design a space where everything patrons interact with is bare and naked,” says Seb Lyall, founder of the company that brought The Bunyadi to life, according to a press release. “The use of natural bamboo partitions and candlelight has enabled 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.”
The Bunyadi is the latest effort from Lyall, who appears to be somewhat of a novelty eatery entrepreneur. Last year, he made headlines for his controversial owl bar; however, he and his team are also the people behind the popular Breaking Bad-themed pop-up bar, ABQ.
If this sounds like an experience you want to partake in, make your way over to central London in June 2016; the pop-up will run for approximately three months, and the restaurant has a capacity of only 42 patrons.
As of April 20, over 5,800 people are on the waiting list, so come prepared to wait. You know the drill: Be polite, don't cut in line, and keep your shirt on.
Or, you know. Don't.