31 May 2012
Private equity giant, The Carlyle Group, and Bride Hall, one of the UK’s leading property development companies, are behind a vision to create a major dining experience in the heart of Chester, featuring four new restaurants.
The plans, from the owners of the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, will position Pepper Street as Chester’s prime dining hub.
The proposals - submitted to planners this week - have been inspired by strong demand from fast-growing restaurant operators, including some leading UK brands.
The large former Habitat and Multiyork buildings on Pepper Street will be redeveloped to create four new units on two levels. The units, two of which will include outside seating for alfresco dining, will range from 3,900 to 4,900 square feet.
The development is expected to create a number of local employment opportunities, and works could commence later this year.
"Despite the challenging economic circumstances, eating out remains the UK's most popular leisure activity", said Bride Hall Director, Roger Gorham.
"These forward-looking plans have been designed to meet the growth in demand for choice and quality," he added. "The outcome will be a cluster of quality food offers that will inject even more new life in the city centre and benefit the wider Chester economy."
With Picollino's, Blackhouse Grill and Zizzi already situated across the road from the proposed development site, the developers are hoping that this area of the city centre will become the pre-eminent dining destination that will in turn enhance Chester's evening ceremony.