Red’s True Barbecue Restaurant & Bar, Manchester
London-based architectural practice, Blacksheep, has designed the Red’s True Barbecue Restaurant & Bar project. Completed in 2014, the American inspired restaurant is located in Manchester, England.
The new Red’s True Barbecue restaurant and bar officially opened on the February 13, in the heart of Manchester’s Albert Square.
With the brand already proving a big hit in Leeds, the UK’s third largest city, owners James Douglas and Scott Munro approached Blacksheep to design a new restaurant and bar that would reflect the character of the Red’s experience, a concept drawn deep from the love of traditional American low n slow style barbecuing.
The Blacksheep team approached the design project by treating the 6,000sq foot venue as a blank canvas for which they could communicate the world of Red’s True Barbecue, drawing inspiration from the brand’s traditions, values and beliefs.
The overall design puts theatre at the very heart of the experience, with the owners themselves likening it to a ‘twisted fairground’. The restaurant’s kitchen, covered with wire chain fence, is open plan and offers the ultimate sensory experience for meat lovers. Pitmasters can be seen taking meat from huge bespoke Oklahoman smokers and flame grilling burgers over the charcoal barata grill, building a sense of anticipation for the diner and inviting them to experience the joy of true barbecue.
Bright Yes/No neon signs are hung around the kitchen’s perimeter to communicate the availability of the food, smoked on site everyday, to the brand’s hungry believers.
At night, the kitchen provides a backdrop to the bar, which showcases a bespoke feature light reminiscent of a fairground. The lit bar flaunts the vast selection of craft beers and cocktails on offer, whilst a raised ‘pulpit’ like DJ Booth sits aloft, from which Red’s can entertain diners through their love of rock music.
The contemporary restaurant offers two enclosed dining areas to enjoy the Red’s True Barbecue experience. From behind the front kitchen sits a 48-cover room suitable for private hire. Using upholstered banquettes and blackened burnt timber paneling, the room reflects an unearthed burnt out pit and conjures up images of the traditional barbecue method of cooking meat. Another unique and dramatic space takes the form of the ‘rub room’. An almost hidden space, it again echoes the barbecue process whilst presenting the ultimate voyeurs experience offering a direct view into the kitchen and the action within. The restrooms also take inspiration from the brand’s ethos with cubicles in the style of confessional booths providing yet another surprise for the diner and a further insight into the world of the brand.
Jordan Littler, lead designer on the project, said: “Throughout the design religious iconography and messages converse with mortuary-like tables and butchers curtains to remind the guest of the journey of the product and the primal connection between man and beast. Reclaimed finishes, key clamp frames and exposed brickwork all enforce the raw nature of the product while neon signage and bespoke artwork layers to convey the attitude and distinct humor of the brand.”
Images courtesy of Blacksheep
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