Leading Spanish chef, Omar Allibhoy, is to open one of his ‘Tapas Revolution’ restaurants in the first phase of the Chester Northgate development in Chester city centre.
Allibhoy’s company has taken a 3,000 sq ft unit next to the entrance of the new food hall and market.
The restaurant will also face onto the development’s new public square opposite Hunter’s Walk – the arcade from Northgate Street that is to be created from the old library building.
Tapas Revolution is a high quality restaurant group that Allibhoy started in 2010 with the opening of the first location in Westfield, London.
Subsequent openings include branches in Shoreditch, Kent, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle and Bath.
Trained by the legendary chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli, Allibhoy has also written two Spanish cookbooks – Tapas Revolution and Spanish Made Simple.
Chester West and Chester Council’s Cllr Brian Clarke, cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “The Tapas Revolution mission is to put Tapas on the map in the UK and we’re delighted that a culinary entrepreneur of the quality of Omar Allibhoy has chosen Chester to expand his business.”
He added: “This latest letting to Tapas Revolution follows the signing of Cosy Club for a 5,000 sqft restaurant in Hunter’s Walk fronting onto Northgate Street, Town Hall Square.
“There are agreements to lease two of the other restaurant units in Phase 1 of the development that are currently in solicitors hands.
“We are also in discussions with catering operators interested in taking the remaining units.”
Shadow cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, Cllr Stuart Parker said: “I’d also like to offer an official ‘bienvenido’ to Tapas Revolution.
“This new restaurant will complement both Picturehouse and Storyhouse and it’s a further demonstration of how Chester Northgate is attracting new businesses to Chester.”