The Pop Up revolution is growing by the day. Among all the temporary shops and events, the pop up restaurant is increasingly becoming one of the most exiting alternatives to its more permanent counterpart.
We all love to eat out and many of us have favourite restaurants that we visit time and time again. But it can easily get a little boring and that’s where the pop up restaurant comes in. Temporary restaurants are not exactly a new phenomenon. Food stalls and festivals have been around for years. Some independent restaurateurs even travel around the country or their own town, going where the customers are.
A popular pop up restaurant in Brighton for example is the Trolls Pantry. They sell gourmet burgers made with locally sourced ingredients and their ethos derives from the street food trend, where it is thought that people should be able to sample great food on the move, wherever they may be. Their growing popularity means that they have recently taken root in a local pub.
As with the excitement that surrounds pop up and empty shops, you really could take your pop up restaurant anywhere, in doors or out, as long as you have the correct permissions, of course! A good place to start, once you have your location sorted, would be to speak to your local council about obtaining a food and hygiene safety certificate and trading licence.
If you are in the catering industry or you are planning an event where a pop up restaurant would fit in, we at Popupspace often come across available property with catering facilities. Alternatively, if it’s an outside space you’re after we can help you negotiate with landlords, owners and local authorities with our planning and pop up location sourcing services. All in all, these restaurants are a great way to show off your culinary skills to a new audience every day, so why not get started today?
Sarah James, Popupspace
London Heathrow Airport has opened a pop up park in Terminal 5 designed to promote the airport’s healthy dining offers and give passengers a space to relax and de-stress.
Research conduced by the airport shows that British people take a third of their annual holiday allowance to relax into their holiday, with more then one in ten never being able to switch off fully while away and the airport is aiming to kick start the process.
Heathrow’s eateries have launched a pre-flight and relaxation menu, designed specifically to be eaten in the pop up park to promote the positive effect food and drink can have on passengers’ wellbeing. Foods on offer include smoked chicken and mango salad (Gordon Ramsey Plane Food) or avocado and crab rolls (itsu).
The park has a lawned relaxation area (albeit a synthetic lawn) with Rosemary and Jasmine plants, the aromas of which are believed to aid wellbeing.
Heathrow Head of Food & Beverage Ben Crowley commented: “Holidays are precious, providing us vital time to relax and recharge our batteries. We want to help passengers start their holidays the moment they arrive at the airport, and make sure their time away is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Our indoor park adds a completely different dimension to Heathrow’s departure lounge and our menu of specially developed relaxation dishes really completes the experience.”
Taking its name from the colour of London’s East London tube line, the location of the restaurant is to remain a secret to diners until 60 minutes before the evening begins. Part hideout, part parallel reality, Gingerline is billed as a clandestine dining experience with the menu, concept and location all a secret.
Food lovers will be taken from the appointed station and shown to the specially designed arts space for an evening of feasting and merriment.
All dietary requirements can be catered for – contact Gingerline for more information- www.gingerline.co.uk.
This September sees a celebration of British designers at Le Garage on 115 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill.
Open from 5th – 10th September, the pop up shop will stock unique and handmade vintage-inspired 1950’s clothing and hair accessories.
“English garden, nature’s playground and 50s fun inspire my collection for 2012”, says designer Ronke Fashola. The founder of Stylizers style consultancy will not only be selling her fun and feminine designs aimed at all ages. There will also be free drop-in style consultation sessions, giving you the chance to have your body shape assessed.Vintage style jewellery and unique art work and cards will also be on offer.
The pop up is open from 11am – 7pm each day so pop in!