Having secured investment from Shanti Hospitality, Bunnychow will open the 270 sq.ft site at the end of September, serving up various forms of Bunny chow – a hollowed-out loaf of bread usually filled with curry.
“Our bunnychow truck will still be hopping around from street markets to festivals and big events,” said Bunnychow’s chief executive Atholl Milton. “Boxpark will be a permanent location so that those in search of a bunny, no matter what time of day, will know exactly where to come and find one.
“We love Boxpark’s unique offering and are very excited that we will be side by side with other innovative and popular brands.”
Diners will be able to enjoy four main hot bunnies on rotation (£5) including their signature ‘Monkey Gland Meatballs’ or BBQ pulled pork; two warm flat bunnies (£4.50) with fillings including South African bobotie or goats cheese & peppers; and six chilled flat bunnies (£4) such as lime & chilli crayfish, nutty citrus chicken and feta & pea, ideal for takeaway.
The site can seat up to 12 customers indoors and up to 50 outside. It will feature an ‘industrial’ look with chipboard tables and hanging pendant lights.
The company joins a host of food and drink operators at Boxpark including Caribbean restaurant Cottons,Simply Fish, salad bar Chop'd, Mexican burrito bar La Cantrina, Thai and Lao Street Food and burger outlet Bukowski.
The temporary mall, which opened in 2011 with plans to run for four years, has provided a useful platform for a number of start-up food and fashion brands as well as giving more options for expansion for existing brands.
Meanwhile, Bunnychow is the latest in a line of mobile street food vendors to secure a more permanent location. Street Kitchen – the Airstream caravan concept from Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel – recently opened a third venue on Shoreditch High Street,running until the end of the year ahead of a potential permanent site within the upcoming Shoreditch Village development.
Frozen yogurt-focused street food concept Daisy Green – which previously operated from a 1975 Ford Transit van at various festivals - has opened a permanent 60-cover shop, café and restaurantwith an expanded menu near Marble Arch.
And then there’s Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins, the pair behind Meatliquor and MeatMarket who turned a food van called the MeatWagon and a pop-up venue above a pub into two popular London restaurants.
Bunnychow will open at Unit 55 in the Boxpark development, with a three-year lease.