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The new Red’s True Barbecue Restaurant & Bar in Manchester by Blacksheep.
March 7th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Blacksheep.
Blacksheep design and branding studio have recently revealed their latest design for the new Red’s True Barbecue restaurant and bar, which officially opened on the 13th of February in the heart of Manchester’s Albert Square. With the brand already proving a big hit in Leeds, 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.
Tim Mutton, CEO of Blacksheep commented; “From the very first time I met James and Scott, I was taken with their passion for the concept, their obsession with low n slow barbecue and their fun but fierce attitude – the whole experience was just
The Blacksheep team approached the 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 venue 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 barbecoa 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 commented, “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.”
A design not for the faint hearted, it is dramatic in its approach, in your face and fiercely intense, much like the brand’s promise itself.
James Douglas, co-founder at Red’s True Barbecue, said: “Based on our initial brief, the guys at Blacksheep took what was seen to be a slightly off beat idea and turned it into what we feel is the best restaurant in Manchester!
“Together we managed to bottle the atmosphere and feeling of our first site in Leeds and faithfully re-create it, by injecting more punch and humour. Initial feedback from diners, both in person and on social media, has been incredible and that’s what it’s all about.”
Recently voted one of the UK’s Top 50 Consultancies by DesignWeek’s Creative Survey, Blacksheep is an international, independent and innovative design agency that creates unique and memorable experiences for powerful global brands. Experts in the hospitality sector, Blacksheep embodies the culture of the industry through the way it partners with its clients. The agency supports the belief that the hospitality industry is ultimately, driven by people and how they interact with brands, thus it promotes this attitude through the relationships they themselves build with their partners.
Blacksheep’s philosophy is founded on a combination of strategic and informed industry insight coupled with a flair and passion for all things remarkable, ensuring they create brands that stand out in today’s competitive market. Blacksheep is driven by its flock of ambitious, innovative and creative professionals, whose culmination of diverse skills, talent and backgrounds; allow them to create compelling and creative design solutions that drive brands of the future.
Blacksheep aspires to work with the best brands and people the industry has to offer as it believes its most successful work comes from building and maintaining strong relationships with like-minded professionals. Over the past 10 years, Blacksheep has collaborated with a wide range of brands from the Food & Beverage industry such as Jamie Oliver, Four Seasons, Fairmount, Hilton, Hermes, Gordon Ramsey, BA, Bloomingdales, Wedgewood and Diageo.