16 Jan Take a break at the Pit Stop
New year, new spot (or should I say ‘stop’?)
What if I told you there was a place you could wine, dine, work out, and get your bike fixed while you’re at it? If you were ever in need of one or more of these services, I’m happy to say there’s an establishment that caters to you – Pit Stop.
Pit Stop offers a pretty unique set of services simultaneously. Situated on Younis Bashorun street in Victoria Island, the new social space is a restaurant/bar/bike shop/spinning studio fusion. What might seem like an odd combination begins to make more sense when you lean a little bit a bit closer and see that Pit Stop was set up with a particular kind of client in mind; the bike riding kind.
You can tell from the moment you enter the compound – the bike rack that greets you almost makes you feel guilty for driving there (unless of course, you walked). Once you step inside, you’d have to be pretty oblivious to miss the Cycling theme – the first thing you see are two bright red and orange bicycle/blender hybrids, inviting you to blend your own smoothie while getting a workout out of it. If that didn’t get the idea through to you, everything else will. From the wheel shaped lights and furniture finishing, to the grate/work of art on the wall decorated with helmets and (more) wheels. Oh, and the bike store, the bike repair shop and the spinning studios upstairs. Those little things.
There is homage to athletics generally (a sprinkling of sports equipment on the grate, pictures of athletes in the stairwell, the menu items being named after sprinters and other storied sportsmen), but Pit Stop is a cycler’s world. And the presence of a bike repair shop means that it will definitely draw in members of the growing cyclist demographic in Lagos, a lot of whom belong to the storied Cycology riding club. You know, the folks you see riding the bicycles in droves at 5 am, particularly on weekends? Oh, the owner of Pit Stop is one of them by the way. It all makes a lot more sense now, yes?
While it may be geared (heh) towards the bike-owning class of Lagosians, Pit Stop’s business will probably not be limited by that. In fact, they might have just done something here; the cross-selling opportunities are pretty great. The restaurant and bar will draw people looking to wine and dine, while also giving people who come for bike repairs something to do while they wait (if it’s a relatively quick fix). The spinning studio upstairs provides an additional VI location for people who are about that Soul Cycle lifestyle, and the spinners could grab a healthy snack or some juice before they leave. Furthermore, seeing as the Pit Stop has a bar, I see it potentially becoming a late-night spot. And guess what building is right next door? South Social. With two social spots that close together, weekend nights on Younis Bashorun could become an absolute madness. And if that comes to pass, best believe parking is going to be special.
However it turns out, it’ll be great seeing Pit Stop go to work. The concept definitely has legs – or should I say ‘wheels’ – and I look forward to seeing them go at full speed.