Harts Group confirms new restaurants for Coal Drops Yard

Posted: Thursday 22nd March 2018

Harts Group, the restaurant group behind Barrafina, Quo Vadis and El Pastor, today confirms that it will open two restaurants and a wine bar at the new Coal Drops Yard retail quarter in King’s Cross.

Led by Sam and James Hart and Crispin Somerville, the group will open a Barrafina with a corresponding outdoor terrace offering; Casa Pastor, a new Mexican big sister to Borough’s El Pastor, with its own outside space; and a new wine bar, The Drop. All sites are due to open in the new canal-side retail quarter in autumn 2018.

Barrafina will have 34 covers with 60 on the terrace, and a private dining room accommodating 20. Casa Pastor will seat 80 diners and accommodate a further 80 on the terrace. The Drop will have 55 covers inside and 24 outside.

A former Victorian coal store, Coal Drops Yard was originally a series of warehouses built to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to London each year. The site has been reinvented by the acclaimed Heatherwick Studio, which has combined a striking contemporary design with the surviving grand brick viaducts, rich ironwork and cobbled streets to create a new retail destination for London, opening as a whole in autumn 2018.

Sam Hart says, “This is an incredibly exciting project for Harts Group. When we saw the site plans we immediately fell in love with Coal Drops and since then we have been relentlessly planning how to create amazing places specific to the area. We are progressing these with enthusiasm and look forward to opening in October.”

Jeremy Hall, project director at Argent, says, “We are delighted that Harts Group will bring their signature touch to Coal Drops Yard. Already becoming established as a hub for forward-thinking retailers, ranging from fashion to design, the quarter will now play host to one of London’s best culinary offerings, with King’s Cross as a whole now boasting a restaurant line-up to rival Soho and Shoreditch. Coal Drops Yard will be lively both through the day and late into the evening, a real destination for shoppers and foodies alike.”

This Coal Drops Yard opening announcement coincides with the first ever outside opportunity to invest in Harts Group Ltd, the parent company of Barrafina and Quo Vadis.

The restaurateurs are seeking to raise £750,000 to fund the Coal Drops Yard Barrafina expansion, with an aim to invite as many of their patrons and friends as possible to be part of the company. Harts Group Ltd. is using Crowdcube, Europe’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, offering extra experiential rewards for investors on top of the financial stake. Investments can start from as little as £10.

To be one of the first to hear about the crowdfunding opportunity (and to receive exclusive early access), follow this link: barrafina.co.uk/invest-in-harts-group   

Harts Group will open Barrafina, Casa Pastor and The Drop at Coal Drops Yard in autumn 2018. A corresponding crowdfunding initiative will launch in the coming weeks.


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