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Polpo is a family of six restaurants in central London. But this is not your average mom and pop diner. Polpo is a bàcaro, a Venetian word describing a humble restaurant serving small plates and young local wines. A Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand winner 3 years running, it has often been described as the “Hottest Table in Town.” An interesting building from the get- go, the first Polpo space in Soho was once home to the Venetian painter Canaletto. Described as “scruffy, earthy and cool,” owner Russell Norman has been touted as “the pioneer of the recession-era restaurants,” leading the charge on moderately priced, uncomplicated meals that are as trendy as ever. With two more restaurants in the works, he’s definitely doing something right.
“We wanted a ‘New York’ run-down look for the restaurants. Tin ceilings
-- Russell Norman, Owner
REASONS FOR PURCHASE: Aesthetics, Ease of Installation
Which type of installation did you choose?
"Nail up, Installed by a Professional Restaurant fitter, DuBoulay Contracts. We always treat the tiles ourselves with sulfuric acid, caustic soda, acetone, and even leave them out in the rain for periods to rust to make them look damaged, decayed, ancient."
Approximately how much research did you do ahead of time?
"Extensive. Lots of traveling, photographing, testing aging processes. Mostly to NYC and Venice. The former for food and art, the latter for grit and grime."