Street food stars move into bricks and mortar

Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel

Street food vendor Street Kitchen has confirmed that it is planning to open its first permanent shop at Broadgate Circle in London.

Founded by chefs Mark Jankel and Jun Tanaka, Street Kitchen will offer ‘fast and accessible’ gourmet sandwiches Monday to Friday from 7am-9pm.

All fresh, seasonal produce will be sourced from sustainable, organic farms, fisheries and producers in the UK, while everything from food waste and energy usage to furniture and staff uniforms will adhere to Street Kitchen’s ecologically-sound ethos.

The 550-square foot, 18-cover site features an open kitchen comprising of a deli-style marble counter, stainless steel serving benches on wheels, herringbone tiles and floors, illuminated light boxes and neon ‘sandwich’ signs.

A bakery trolley will allow self-service of pastries, while homemade pickles, breads and preserves will be displayed on shelving units. Additionally, 24-inch sandwiches will be constructed on bespoke boards inlaid with vintage yardsticks for cut-to-size ordering.

Mark Jankel says: “The opening of Street Kitchen, our first permanent shop since we began three years ago, is a huge landmark for us. Continuing to serve the same organic and sustainably sourced British food to Londoners fast, we are confident that City dwellers near Broadgate Circle will welcome our quick and delicious ‘by-the-inch’ sandwiches – perfect for lunch – which can be enjoyed inside or on-the-go.”

The menu will offer cut-to-size sandwiches by the inch and a selection of ‘grab and go’ salad boxes for lunch and dinner with an average spend of £6 to £8 per head.

Jankel and Tanaka are also behind The Food Initiative, which supports sustainable farming practices. Street Kitchen was set up as a pilot for the ethos.

Street Kitchen now has four sites including The Hatch in Battersea, two Airstream kitchens in the city and the new site in Broadgate Circle.

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