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Coal Drops Yard, in King’s Cross, is to play host to the latest instalment of Barrafina’s seemingly unstoppable expansion. The group, which already has a Michelin Star for their Soho outpost, is set to launch their new canal-side restaurant later this year. And to spice things up a bit, they’ve embraced crowdfunding to give you the chance to own a slither of the restaurant yourself.

Back in an age when London consumed coal in the way it now does avocados, Coal Drops Yard was built to handle the eight million tons of anthracite every year. Having fallen into disrepair, it was brought back to life by Heatherwick Studios (of Garden Bridge fame) and now forming a hub for new retail and top end food in the beautifully reimagined warehouses, brick viaducts, ironwork and cobbled streets. The place opens later this year, and it’s ability to attract Barrafina is a real coup. Now to raise the cash.

Barrafina is hoping to raise £750,000 to launch their new expansion. The Spanish tapas sensation, with its marbletopped bar and red leather seats serves authentic regional Spanish dishes and has won plaudits from across the industry. So, the theory goes, of course people will want a piece of it.

And it won’t just be Barrafina, as if that wasn’t news enough the group behind the restaurant has also announced it’ll open a separate restaurant Casa Pastor, to go along with their Borough Market Mexican El Pastor, plus a standalone wine bar The Drop.

All in all it sounds like Coal Drops Yard is going to be quite the new hotspot when it’s finally revealed this autumn. In the meantime, let’s hope the crowdfunding goes well.

Barrafina: Opens in Autumn 2018 at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, to join the crowd funding the opening click here