Lime, a new London bar and restaurant, opens today near Old Street, with design by London design consultancy Zynk.
The design group was approached a year ago, by chef David Vanderhook and partner Grant Targett-Navarro, to conceptualise the design without a specific site in mind.
After identifying a target market and creating the Lime identity, Zynk put forward a number of interior solutions for a range of locations, before the site in Curtain Road was procured.
The final concept is a contemporary, two-floor bar and restaurant over an area of more than 830m2. At lunchtime it will primarily serve food, while in the evening its focus will be as a buzzier, music-oriented venue accommodating up to 400 people.
Lime features a spectacular staircase and a three-sided bar. To enable interaction with customers, the DJs will have remote control palm pads to operate the music and lighting. Flat plasma screens in the wall will show TV throughout the day and screens on the wall outside will display digital menus.
Zynk partner Clinton Pritchard says: “It’s buzzy and very contemporary – a riot of timber. It’s a chameleon bar designed to pick up the lunchtime crowd, then at night it becomes a livelier, music-based venue.”