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WashPost: London's First Nude Restaurant Has Waiting List 16,000 Names Long

WashPost: London's First Nude Restaurant Has Waiting List 16,000 Names Long
(Images from Bunyadi)

By    |   Saturday, 23 April 2016 09:01 AM

A new London restaurant is stripping down to the basics, with no chemicals, no artificial colors, no plastic, no electricity, no gas, no phone — and no clothes.

And though pop-up eatery Bunyadi isn't set to open until June, its waiting list is already more than 16,000 names long, the Washington Post reports.

Owner Seb Lyall tells the Post that dining out nude is "an act of rebellion."

"When you get a chance, you take your clothes off," he tells the Post. "When you get in bed, you take your clothes off.  When you go to the beach or a sauna, you take your clothes off. It's natural."

"There is a whole business of victimizing people based on body image, but we are making a business out of correcting it," he adds.

The restaurant, which will be open for three months, is designed to hold 42 customers and will be divided into two sections — "pure" and "clothed," NPR reports.

The kitchen staff with be clothed, waiters will have minimal covering for hygienic purposes — and customers can get naked, or not, in privacy.

"Every table that you sit at is designed so that the sight is obstructed between other dining parties," Lyall tells the Post. "The restaurant is partitioned or there's bamboo or you only see someone's back or a silhouette or their shadows from candles."

In addition to vegan options, Bunyadi will offer "wood-flame-grilled meats served on handmade clay crockery and edible cutlery, in a space void of the industrialized world's modern trappings," according to the restaurant's press release.

A five-course meal will cost about $80 to $90.

The concept comes from Lollipop, a company behind ABO, a "Breaking Bad"-themed cocktail bar that lets guests make their own drinks in an RV using raw ingredients, NPR reports.

"We provided chemicals and fire and dry ice that can blow up and kill people," Lyall tells the Post. "We've done that for the past year. As a concept, letting people make their own cocktails is way more complicated than a restaurant where you can take your clothes off."

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