Eater London has learnt that Patty & Bun — one of London’s most avidly followed burger brands — has acquired its eleventh site in the capital. The one-time street food trader, founded by Joe Grossman and Pitt Cue alumnus, head chef Fred Trussell, opened its first standalone site late in 2012, on James Street in Marylebone. Last week the group also confirmed it will open a first restaurant outside of London, in Brighton.
It will open at 19 Borough High Street, opposite the entrance to Borough Market — a very high-footfall area, close to Padella, the popular fresh pasta restaurant.
The group now has sites in Soho, Fitzrovia, the City, Shoreditch, Hackney Central, Notting Hill, and Hammersmith. In other words, all over the city. Despite the woes of Byron and the massive growth of American burger brands, Shake Shack and Five Guys, Patty & Bun appears to be tracking the same trajectory as Honest Burgers, another London-born brand which has grown to 23 London sites since opening in Brixton in 2011.
Patty & Bun is also expected to open in White City’s Feast Canteen early this year.
One question remains: how many sites will the brand have to acquire before it makes the transition from cult burger brand to full-blown citywide burger chain? Probably not many.
Agents from Davis Coffer Lyons are believed to have acted on the Borough High Street deal, one which sees Patty & Bun’s operators take on a new lease. It is not yet known when the site will open.