Bao, the Taiwanese bun shop and essential London restaurant, is planning to open its fifth location, alongside Hoppers — at the base of the Universal Music headquarters in Pancras Square, King’s Cross. MCA reports that Bao will open at the new development, following a licensing application for a two-floor site. Documents seen by Eater, however, indicate that in addition to Bao, its parent company JKS Restaurants will also open a third Hoppers restaurant, the Sri Lankan brand, in one of the location’s two discrete spaces.
Update 3.12.2019: Hoppers will open in February next year.
Planning documents submitted to Camden Council position Bao on the ground floor, with Hoppers taking the first-floor site. The space will share an outside seating area. Combined, the unit — at 6,000 square feet — is significantly bigger than any site in either restaurant’s existing portfolio.
There is no timescale yet for opening, and is subject to the application’s approval.
Bao, which launched as a tiny street food operation in Netil Market, Hackney, in 2013 now operates three full restaurants in London: Lexington Street, Soho (2015); Windmill Street, Fitzrovia (201.); and Borough Market, which opened earlier this year. The group, led by Erchen Chang, Shing Tat Chung, and Wai Ting Chung, also runs Xu Teahouse in Chinatown.
Hoppers meanwhile is within JKS Restaurants core restaurant portfolio, alongside the Michelin-starred Gymkhana (currently closed), Brigardiers, and Trishna. That group is also an investor in Lyle’s, Kitchen Table, Sabor, and Berenjak.
Correction: an earlier version of this article stated the size of the space was 12,000 square feet.