Khalil Dahmash, managing partner and co-founder of VKD Hospitality, talks to us about his novel F&B concept, Honeycomb Hi-Fi, and his future plans.
What makes Honeycomb Hi-Fi special?
Honeycomb Hi-Fi is the first listening bar in the region. The venue features an authentic record store, a high-fidelity sound system and warm and minimalistic interiors created for superior acoustics. The restaurant serves a Japanese menu inspired by a traditional izakaya.
As music fans ourselves, we had been planning to launch this concept for quite some time. Our aim was to serve the audiophile community and create a space that they can call home. Building a community is what it’s all about and that’s what we tried to do by merging food, music, photography and books.
We took the decision to create a menu that stands out and genuinely embodies an authentic izakaya in a market saturated with Japanese eateries. We have worked with the well-known chef Matt Abergel to design a menu of sharing plates, allowing guests to enjoy the experience whether they come with an intimate or a large group.
Honeycomb Hi-Fi is a trendsetter in the region. It’s typically the place where you can listen to musical genres you’ve never heard before. Indeed, many of those who frequent Honeycomb Hi-Fi are collectors passionate about sharing their culture.
Why did you choose to name the place Honeycomb Hi-Fi?
Our idea was to find a name to fit the story and brand while being distinctive and meaningful. The name “Honeycomb Hi-Fi” came from interior design. The venue has warm lighting that brings a honey hue to the perforated wooden wall panels that resemble a honeycomb. And since honeycombs are made by bees, we thought the name would fit perfectly as our goal is to build a platform for like-minded people. Music and clarity of sound are of utmost importance to building the Honeycomb Hi-Fi community as well, which is where the Hi-Fi falls in place. Furthermore, we have a neon light mascot bee called “Muji” on the wall behind the bar.
Who are the people behind the Honeycomb Hi-Fi?
Varun Khemaney, Serge Becker, Matt Abergel, Devon Turnbull and I make up the team. Together, we’ve created, designed, and brought the concept to life. However, each team member has brought a unique factor that is irreplaceable.
The eyes and ears of Honeycomb Hi-Fi are Serge Becker and Devon Turnbull, while the menu is the work of Matt Abergel. The concept and idea belong to Varun Khemaney and me.
What are your plans for the brand?
We are currently focusing on developing our core pillars and maintaining a solid foundation. Even though we are the first listening bar in the area, we intend to be the best in our field, therefore it is important to concentrate on the launch period and make sure everything goes smoothly. Our ultimate goal is to expand Honeycomb Hi-Fi beyond the United Arab Emirates.