New food and drink businesses open in Bradford

Article dated Thursday Jul 6, 2017 at 01:38 PM

Ten new jobs will be created when a new cafe - Tiffin Coffee Ltd - moves into the beautiful Wool Exchange in Bradford.

The venue on Bank Street will be created with 'olde world' charm in line with the surroundings of the Grade I listed building.

The cafe, which will display its own distinctive artwork and products, has been helped by Bradford Council  through its City Centre Growth Scheme.

The recipients have benefited from a £100,000 grant which will be used to refurbish the premises including fitting it out with new equipment.

The cafe will occupy a unit that was vacated last summer when the previous occupant - the Health Assessment Centre - relocated.

Smith & Co Bar and Brasserie has also received a capital grant of £60,000 from the same scheme since moving into Ivegate and after creating five new jobs.

Westgate Social Club have refurbished the premises at 21 Ivegate internally and externally to introduce another bar into the area that will complement other nearby venues including the 1875 bar and the Sunbridge Wells complex. This is the second bar for Westgate Social Club  who last year re-opened the New Packhorse on Westgate.

The bar, which is due to open later this month, will serve craft beers and produce pies based on the original Philip Smith recipe. The premises in the 1960s and 1970s were home to Philip Smith butchers who were famous for their pork pies.

The food and produce served will be locally sourced from Bradford Markets and other local providers. 

The shop was previously occupied by a charity and then a pop-up bar.

Halal restaurant, Marco & Carl, which will serve Italian and American food, is going to create 14 new jobs when it also opens later this month.

This is the company's third restaurant after already launching two in Preston and Leicester. 

Their business rate rebate grant of £60,000 has helped them to take over a restaurant unit in the Leisure Exchange that has been vacant for two years.

The company intends to create partnerships with neighbouring businesses in the complex to provide offers for local staff, guests at the hotels, cinema-goers, etc. 

They will also be open until late evening for shoppers and visitors to the city centre.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: "These new independent businesses will make a great addition to the food and drink offer in Bradford.

"They bring something a bit different to the city centre and add to the fantastic cultural mix we celebrate here."

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