When William S. Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch, this isn’t what he had in mind. Daring diners will soon be able to strip down at a naked restaurant where both customers and staff fully embrace their birthday suits.
“The idea is to experience true liberation,” said founder Seb Lyall in a press release. “People should get the chance to enjoy and experience a night out without any impurities: no chemicals, no artificial colors, no electricity, no gas, no phone and even no clothes if they wish to.”
The Bunyadi, set to open in London this June, promises a “Pangea-like” setting and an all-paleo menu. The stripped-back theme runs through every corner of the concept: phones are forbidden, all light will come from candles, meats will be grilled “Caveman-style,” food will be served with handmade clay crockery and edible cutlery, and any guest who wishes to shed their clothes is welcome to do so.
The restaurant can reportedly hold 42 customers and will be divided into two sections – “pure” and “clothed” – to keep the nudes and the prudes separate. Changing rooms and lockers will be provided for diners who opt to nosh in the buff.
What’s less clear is what exactly they’ll be noshing on. Details are scant about The Bunyadi’s food, but reports say that both non-vegan and vegan tasting menus will be available. Then again, no one seems too concerned with cuisine. According to the Evening Standard, the waiting list is already over 3,000 people – none of whom, we have to assume, work for the health department.