Koj in Cheltenham is set to be replaced by a new restaurant, from the owners of several existing venues in the town.
In an Instagram post, Michael Raphel, co-founder of JM Socials, who already boast big names such as Bhoomi Indian, Holee Cow and Prithvi revealed ‘BAO + BBQ’ would be opening in the vacant venue on Regent Street.
The pictures show a new sign on the building, with smart gold text on the large glass window.
Images also show juicy looking bao buns and a thick steak, cooked blue and on the bone.
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Bao buns are officially known as ‘Gua bao’ known as pork belly buns, bao, or as the bao bun, is a type of lotus leaf bun from Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province.
Koj closed in September 2020 after coronavirus restrictions forced the restaurant to closed.
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The former restaurant had been owned by MasterChef winner Andrew Kojima, who ran Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar Koj
In September 2020, Mr Kojima said that the latest coronavirus restrictions were the “final nail in the coffin for any hope and fight” he had left.
He said: “The recent rise in infections has prompted the government to impose further restrictions, which could last for at least six months.
“They are the final nail in the coffin for any hope and fight that I had left in me.
“I always wanted Koj Cheltenham to do more than just satisfy hunger. I also wanted the experience to be affordable enough to make cocktails and dinner an occasional treat, not just for special occasions.
“I loved the atmosphere in our small restaurant when it was buzzing, so my initial concern was our ability to retain that character in the current environment.
“The task of generating revenues that exceed our overheads has been made all the harder by social distancing measures.”
The new restaurant is being created under restaurateurs and hospitality gurus, JM Socials, created by Jay Ahmen and Michael Raphel.