We'd been hearing for quite a while that JKS Restaurants (the group behind Gymkhana, Bao, Lyle's and more) were eyeing up sites in King's Cross, but now it's getting closer to reality. As first reported by trade website MCA, planning documents have surfaced on the Camden Council website that confirms the move. According to the docs, they'll both be launching in the Pancras Square development (that's the area between St Pancras and Granary Square).
Plans for Hoppers, the popular Sri Lankan restaurant that started in Soho, suggest that they're opening it on a corner site on Goods Way (that's the road in front of Granary Square) with the possibility of terrace seating. It will have a separate bar area, though - which will be handy for the area.
But if steamed buns are your thing, then the plans for Bao do look very interesting, particularly that table for 12 on the mezzanine. Is this Bao doing semi-private dining or something new? No signs of any karaoke rooms, alas.
Obviously it's all very early days on this - these are just planning documents and nothing's been signed off yet. We'd say not to expect an opening of both of them until 2020 at the earliest. We'll have more news soon.
More about Bao and Hoppers
Where is it? 4 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
When do they open? 2020
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