3rd March 2019
Linda Lee, founder of cult Korean street food restaurants On The Bab, has announced that she is relocating On The Bab in W1 from Marylebone to Soho, and at the same time that she is soon to open On The Bab’s first overseas site, in Paris.
On The Bab on Marylebone Lane – one of two smaller, ‘express’-style sites in the four-strong group – closed on Saturday 2nd March. On The Bab Soho, which will be substantially larger and offer the possibility to eat in as well as takeaway, will open mid-March at 9a Archer Street, replacing Lee’s Mee Market which will be refurbished and rebranded.
Additionally, in May, On The Bab Paris will open on rue Thérèse in the 1st arrondissement. It will be Linda Lee’s first overseas restaurant, in a city she fell in love with when studying fashion design there in the 1990s and has returned to frequently ever since.
Rue Thérèse, close to the Opéra Garnier, is one of a cluster of streets rich in Korean restaurants and businesses and a popular destination for both Korean visitors and fans of the country’s food, making it the ideal location for France’s first On The Bab.
Linda Lee said: “It’s sad to be leaving Marylebone, an area which I love, but the lease is up on our little site on Marylebone Lane and relocating On The Bab to my larger premises in Soho means we will continue to have a presence in W1 and customers in the area will still be able to enjoy their favourite Korean street food!”
On The Bab’s other locations are in Covent Garden, Shoreditch and St Paul’s. Linda Lee also owns fine-dining Korean BBQ restaurant Koba in Fitzrovia.