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Are Barrafina and El Pastor Moving Into King’s Cross?

Plus other restaurants rumoured to be taking sites in Granary Square

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Granary Square, King’s Cross
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Eater understands from trusted sources that these restaurants have secured sites — and are moving into the Granary Square area of King’s Cross. Although no specific time scale has yet been suggested, these latest developments are expected to take place in the next 18 months.

  • Harts Brothers — the group behind El Pastor, Quo Vadis and Barrafina — will take a site in Coal Drops Yard. The exact brands they will introduce, including a potential new concept, are not yet known.
  • Tom Dixon — the design company and Dock Kitchen investor — is to take the building currently occupied by Jamie Oliver.
  • Colombo Group — behind the Blues Kitchen and Jazz Cafe venues — will take the site below the Universal Music HQ.

It is also rumoured that Padella — the queue-magnet fresh pasta restaurant by the team behind Trullo — are in talks to acquire a site for a second restaurant.

Granary Square — the site run by property developer Argent — in King’s Cross is the home to a number of favourite London restaurants: Dishoom Godown, Caravan, Grain Store and Granger & Co are among the most popular attractions. The brands — big names in the mid market — indicate that Argent are trying to re-emphasise their credentials as a restaurant destination. And it is further proof that developers are prioritising restaurants over retail.

Check back to find out more as and when these restaurants are confirmed.

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