Born out of a desire to create great food in a great space and reflect Leicester’s multiculturalism, The team at Boneyard have created a tasty melting pot of their own, and they can’t wait to share it…
Starting life as an American-style burger joint, Boneyard was, from its inception, about capturing the street-food culture springing up in London and serving honest, convenient meals. Their small team had begun creating a menu, but within a short space of time the burger trend had grown at unbelievable speed. Every day it seemed there was a new spot on the block, and the market was already becoming flooded and stale.
A change came when they went to the Kasabian home-coming gig in Victoria Park. Standing in a 50,000 strong crowd of every nationality, colour, creed, race and religion, they came to the realisation that their team is just as vibrant as the city that they call home – so Boneyard should be too.
Working with different spices and herbs from myriad different cuisines, and cross referencing them with each other, they noticed that a great deal of the ingredients used in BBQ cooking were also found in Asian, Eastern and Moroccan foods. Combining these ingredients they created Boneyard’s unique flavour profile – which they’ve termed ‘Spike’. “We want the flavours to reflect Leicester’s exciting and unexpected nature,” enthuses General Manager Robin Hardman.
In March 2015, they ran a successful food taster and decided to hold their first pop-up event. Taking over a large Indian restaurant in Nuneaton on a Sunday afternoon they hosted live DJs, a magician, a graffiti artist and a fire eater as a backdrop for the 198 guests. The night was a success and fed their enthusiasm for their restaurant to come to life. By their third event they had people queuing outside for a taste, and the Boneyard name was already trending on social media.
“We were really excited to bring it to Leicester. It’s an exciting time for the city’s culinary scene. To become a part of this group of cool independent businesses is really exciting,” says Robin. “But we’re also a little different, too. We have a late license, so people who work late will be able to come and eat and drink with us until around 2:30am and enjoy the music and vibe. We wanted somewhere as an alternative to a club in a more intimate setting – but just as fun.”
Transforming a long vacant unit on Granby Street that used to accommodate Bella Italia, Boneyard has found a home with character in an area filled with other independent bars and eateries.
Hoping to mirror the cultural diversity, soul and ethos of Leicester in everything it does, Boneyard opens to the public tonight.