This week marks the eye-catching opening of the Bunyadi, London’s hugely publicized “naked restaurant.”
That’s right, this new restaurant allows patrons to dine in the nude — and in historically prudish Great Britain, no less! Stripping away the country’s old fuddy-duddy reputation, the British restaurant is proving remarkably popular: More than 40,000 people are presently on the waiting list (Victorian morality be damned).
In an interview with Bunyadi founder Seb Lyall, The Guardian uncovered some interesting tidbits about the place.
Here are three important things to know:
1. Not everyone will be naked.
The waitstaff and the cooks will wear some type of clothing. For the cooks, there are issues of health and safety. For the servers, well, it’s really more about keeping the customers comfortable. “For logistical reasons, our waiting staff will be covering their bits and bobs,” Lyall told the paper. “If you’re sitting and someone is serving you, the height of your face and certain parts of their bodies is kind of the same. It’s something that didn’t occur to us at first, but a customer pointed it out in an email.”
2. Seating arrangements are more sanitary than you might think.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cleanliness of the restaurant’s chairs is a common concern. “[W]e got a lot of guests asking: ‘Is it going to be hygienic for me to sit naked on a seat that someone else has been nude on?’” Lyall admitted. No need to bring your own seat covers, however. As Lyall pointed out, “you will be sitting on a gown, which is effectively a cushion.”
3. It’s just like eating at home.
At least that’s how Lyall sees it: “People eat naked anyway. A lot of people eat naked sitting at home. The only new thing is convincing them to do it in public.” Such a statement would seem to say a lot about the proprietor’s own home life. As for the rest of the British dining public, we’re not so sure.