People can’t get enough of dining in the nude, it seems. The Bunyadi, a regular pop-up that does not require patrons to don a dinner jacket — or a shirt or pants, for that matter — left London for Paris at the end of July. Immodest Londoners who may be devastated by the departure now have reason for celebration: Owner Seb Lyall plans to open a permanent brick-and-mortar in the city.
"We’re talking about people who have lived through the basic pyramid of life who don’t see naked bodies as sexual," Lyall told Big Hospitality. "The quality of that community was amazing, so now it’s my job to keep it there and bring it back."
Further details on where The Bunyadi’s permanent London residence might be located, or when it might open, are still up in the air. Though, Lyall told Big Hospitality he hopes to have plans finalized in "the next three to six months."
The Bunyadi is divided into two sections: "clothed" and "unclothed." Prior to sitting down at a table, those who choose to bare it all visit a changing area and strip down to only a robe, which they have the option of taking off during the meal. With The Bunyadi’s food feeling "like an afterthought," it’s unclear why anyone would choose to dine in the clothed section.
London and Paris aren’t the only cities to feature nudist-friendly dining. Similar pop-ups have appeared in such locales as Berlin and Tokyo.
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