Beer & Buns, the London pop-up from former Yo! Sushi general manager Julian Bartlett, and specialising in Japanese craft beer and hirata buns, is to become permanent in the City's Appold Street.
Located above Japanese restaurant K10, between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street, the 60-80 cover site (with 20 stools and eight benches seating four to six people each) will now become permanent in the upstairs space, which is still owned by K10. It will launch officially with a ‘Japanese party' on 27 June.
The pop-up site first opened in February 2015, as a Japanese-inspired izakaya, specialising in ‘super-cold' Asian beer and hirata buns (light buns with slow-cooked meat fillings), plus jumbo Korean-style chicken wings. Its drinks menu also includes a wide variety of Asahi beer and Asian ale, and cocktails such as yuzu frozen margaritas and sake bombs.
It also has table football and retro-style pinball machines available to customers.
A spokesperson from K10, which owns the space, said: "The success of Beer & Buns totally exceeded our expectations, so we were more than delighted to offer them a permanent home upstairs from our sushi restaurant. We have found the two complement each other very well."
A separate business to K10, Beer & Buns founder Julian Bartlett nonetheless previously worked with K10 founder Christopher Kemper at Yo! Sushi, and was also K10's operations manager from 2000-2002, hence the close connections between the two companies.
K10 is a Japanese-style restaurant, delivery and catering business, and has two kitchens currently open across London, also including Copthall Avenue. It is expecting to open in Minster Court near Fenchurch Street this month.