Most hot restaurants follow the same trajectory: Big investment, smash opening with celebrities and hoi-polloi, then the Yogi Berra phase, where "nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded", then decline and close. One way to avoid this waste, and to take advantage of the patio season, is the "pop-up", the temporary restaurant that is built on the cheap and only operates for a short time.
The architects tell Dezeen that it is all made with construction materials borrowed from the site:
A fast build with a life span of just 3 weeks, the primary structure, weighing 70 tons, is constructed from hired materials borrowed from the existing construction site, including: 2000 scaffolding boards, 3500 scaffolding poles, and reclaimed timber, used to create the walls and floors of the 800 square metre dining space. The cladding material which encases the roof, is a semi-translucent membrane, using industrial grade heat retractable polyethylene which is 100% recycled after use; as with the other materials, all will be returned to the site afterwards and recycled without any waste.
Another London pop-up is Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar, designed by architecture students Paloma Gormley and Lettice Drake. it is on the tenth floor of a parking garage, and is built of canvas stretched over a timber frame.
Last year the Guardian reviewer, Matthew Norman, gave it a mixed review:
The meal that ensued was in effect a picnic, albeit one from the surrealist imaginings of an earlier Paloma-siring artist. As crab on toast, gazpacho and cold grilled lamb arrived, so did the rain. "It's damp, it's cold," one of my friends said to me with his head on the table, "and I f***ing hate you."
"Come on," I consoled, "look at that view of the Gherkin and the London Eye. Imagine being 19 and into bad art, LSD and urban deprivation tourism. It's paradise!"
Perched on top of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris is this stunning glass cube, an exclusive restaurant that serves just twelve people. Designed by Pascal Grasso, it was made in two pieces and shipped in by truck. It closes today, July 1. We showed it last year: Pop-Up Prefab Plopped on Paris Roof
More down to earth is Montreal's Muvbox, which pops up daily.
Created out of an old shipping container powered by solar energy, the MUVBOX concept is a modern-day reinvention of the old-fashioned canteen. Each night the MUVBOX vanishes back into its cube, and redeploys early the next morning at the touch of a button, in less than two minutes!