Event held to attract more restaurants into city centre

Coun David Green

Coun David Green

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

Restaurant firms are really getting a taste for Bradford, according to the leader of the Council.

The authority is confident it can attract a host of new restaurants to the city centre at an investment seminar at the Midland Hotel on Thursday.

And two firms have already confirmed plans to open restaurants in Bradford, creating 48 new jobs between them.

Councillor David Green, leader of the Labour-run Council, said the start of work on Westfield’s Broadway shopping centre had kicked off “investor momentum” and that new places to wine and dine would soon be popping up in the city centre.

He said there would be a “number of leading industry professionals” at the Taste of Bradford event.

Coun Green said: “Bradford is seeing a resurgence in the demand for new restaurants.

“Investor momentum has increased thanks to the City Centre Growth Zone and Westfield starting on site.”

The investor event, called A Taste of Bradford, is being organised by lobbying group Bradford Breakthrough alongside Bradford Council.

They are hoping to woo potential investors by giving them a sample of Bradford’s existing culinary delights, taking them on a tour of the city and introducing them to local property agents.

They will also be telling firms about the City Centre Growth Zone’s £35m business growth scheme, which offers rate rebates and grants to companies creating jobs in Bradford city centre.

Bradford Breakthough chief executive Colin Philpott was staying tight-lipped about which firms were signed up for the event, but said they were expecting about 150 people, including those with properties to market.

He said they were promoting around 35 to 40 potential restaurant sites across the city, most of which were in the streets around Westfield.

So far, two firms have revealed plans to open new restaurants in the city.

The first is the Chinese Buffet, a chain of restaurants across the North of England, which will open in Centenary Square in April.

And the second is Menston’s multi-award winning 1875 Restaurant, which plans to open a sister restaurant in Albion Court, off Kirkgate.

The restaurant, which serves fine Indian cuisine, will open its doors in September, creating eight new jobs.

Both companies were given grants through the business growth scheme.

Coun Green said: “I’m confident these two new restaurants are just the first of new places to wine and dine in the city centre.”

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7:11am Tue 25 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Any chance of any English ones?
Any chance of any English ones? Albion.
  • Score: -1

7:15am Tue 25 Mar 14

collos25 says...

What they really mean is take away cafes selling selling pre made warmed up junk food,
What they really mean is take away cafes selling selling pre made warmed up junk food, collos25
  • Score: -13

7:40am Tue 25 Mar 14

thatsnotmyname says...

Good luck, hope it attracts a restaurant that can serve a good dish of positivity.
Good luck, hope it attracts a restaurant that can serve a good dish of positivity. thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 10

8:43am Tue 25 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

More food but what about healthy food
More food but what about healthy food bd7 helper
  • Score: 0

9:19am Tue 25 Mar 14

mad matt says...

How's about getting some PROPER shops that sell things people actually want to buy?
If you consider the number of good cafés that have closed recently, surely that points to the fact there isn't much demand for a large number of 'eateries' in the centre.
As usual Councillor Green is talking through his nether regions!
How's about getting some PROPER shops that sell things people actually want to buy? If you consider the number of good cafés that have closed recently, surely that points to the fact there isn't much demand for a large number of 'eateries' in the centre. As usual Councillor Green is talking through his nether regions! mad matt
  • Score: -3

9:27am Tue 25 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

Is this Council totally stupid? Why don't they drive around Bradford and look at all the restaurants that exist, then ask themselves how they manage to survive without customers year in year out, they then want to invite more!!!!!!
We will never be like Leeds or Manchester, or even Huddersfield or Halifax, you have ruined the City it is too late. People make a community not bricks and mortar.
Is this Council totally stupid? Why don't they drive around Bradford and look at all the restaurants that exist, then ask themselves how they manage to survive without customers year in year out, they then want to invite more!!!!!! We will never be like Leeds or Manchester, or even Huddersfield or Halifax, you have ruined the City it is too late. People make a community not bricks and mortar. alive and awake
  • Score: 1

9:32am Tue 25 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

I guess Westfield will have eating places in it too, these shopping places usually have a central area doing just that.
I guess Westfield will have eating places in it too, these shopping places usually have a central area doing just that. Joedavid
  • Score: 9

9:40am Tue 25 Mar 14

Freddy Elliot says...

hope some of them get at least a 1star on their food hygiene standards score.
hope some of them get at least a 1star on their food hygiene standards score. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 10

10:19am Tue 25 Mar 14

flower1950 says...

Why oh why do we need more eating places? we have a problem already with people being overweight so why add more and more temptation in the way.We need shops where we can actually buy something we need not something to stuff our faces with.
Why oh why do we need more eating places? we have a problem already with people being overweight so why add more and more temptation in the way.We need shops where we can actually buy something we need not something to stuff our faces with. flower1950
  • Score: -1

10:45am Tue 25 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though.

As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one!
We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 4

11:21am Tue 25 Mar 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one!
So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one![/p][/quote]So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 2

11:30am Tue 25 Mar 14

ConcernedOne says...

Do we really need more Launderettes (for money)?
Do we really need more Launderettes (for money)? ConcernedOne
  • Score: 4

12:25pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one!
So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.
Very true, however, this is the sort of people we really need to attract to the city.

the Alhambra has some great shows, but it's right at the foot of the idiot bar trail and there's no where decent for anyone to eat round there.

I bet a Pizza Express across the road in the banana would prove very popular.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one![/p][/quote]So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.[/p][/quote]Very true, however, this is the sort of people we really need to attract to the city. the Alhambra has some great shows, but it's right at the foot of the idiot bar trail and there's no where decent for anyone to eat round there. I bet a Pizza Express across the road in the banana would prove very popular. Bone_idle18
  • Score: -1

12:39pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Freddy Elliot says...

ConcernedOne wrote:
Do we really need more Launderettes (for money)?
Looking at today's headline yes.
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: Do we really need more Launderettes (for money)?[/p][/quote]Looking at today's headline yes. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 1

1:01pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

This is an excellent idea, the CCGZ is also a great incentive to restaurants and other businesses to open up in Bradford city centre. It's all good and it's especially gratifying than the city is really moving forward . Council leader Green and Colin Philpott deserve a lot of credit. I'm certain that there will be others following the two restaurants mentioned above opening in the city centre during the next 18 months leading up to the opening of the Broadway Westfield development.

There is at least one other major Bradford city centre investment in the pipeline.
This is an excellent idea, the CCGZ is also a great incentive to restaurants and other businesses to open up in Bradford city centre. It's all good and it's especially gratifying than the city is really moving forward . Council leader Green and Colin Philpott deserve a lot of credit. I'm certain that there will be others following the two restaurants mentioned above opening in the city centre during the next 18 months leading up to the opening of the Broadway Westfield development. There is at least one other major Bradford city centre investment in the pipeline. bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

1:01pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

This is an excellent idea, the CCGZ is also a great incentive to restaurants and other businesses to open up in Bradford city centre. It's all good and it's especially gratifying than the city is really moving forward . Council leader Green and Colin Philpott deserve a lot of credit. I'm certain that there will be others following the two restaurants mentioned above opening in the city centre during the next 18 months leading up to the opening of the Broadway Westfield development.

There is at least one other major Bradford city centre investment in the pipeline.
This is an excellent idea, the CCGZ is also a great incentive to restaurants and other businesses to open up in Bradford city centre. It's all good and it's especially gratifying than the city is really moving forward . Council leader Green and Colin Philpott deserve a lot of credit. I'm certain that there will be others following the two restaurants mentioned above opening in the city centre during the next 18 months leading up to the opening of the Broadway Westfield development. There is at least one other major Bradford city centre investment in the pipeline. bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

1:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

A650 says...

Wish Green would get rid of those awful earings. You just know you can't take him seriously when he thinks they're appropriate attire for someone in his position.
Wish Green would get rid of those awful earings. You just know you can't take him seriously when he thinks they're appropriate attire for someone in his position. A650
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Tue 25 Mar 14

basil fawlty says...

A few more chains as well as more upmarket restaurants in the city centre will be very welcome and save the trip to Leeds or Saltaire/Shipley. We need restaurants serving foods from across the world and not just asian. Having said that we used to be the number one destination in Yorkshire for a curry but even that title has surely now gone to Leeds where there are numerous quality restaurants. in the heart of the city. And whilst Bradford may hold the title of "Curry capital of the UK" you wont find top restaurants like the Aagrah and Akbars in the city centre, and there isn't anything to touch the "Curry Mile" in Manchester.
A few more chains as well as more upmarket restaurants in the city centre will be very welcome and save the trip to Leeds or Saltaire/Shipley. We need restaurants serving foods from across the world and not just asian. Having said that we used to be the number one destination in Yorkshire for a curry but even that title has surely now gone to Leeds where there are numerous quality restaurants. in the heart of the city. And whilst Bradford may hold the title of "Curry capital of the UK" you wont find top restaurants like the Aagrah and Akbars in the city centre, and there isn't anything to touch the "Curry Mile" in Manchester. basil fawlty
  • Score: 2

3:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one!
So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.
Very true, however, this is the sort of people we really need to attract to the city.

the Alhambra has some great shows, but it's right at the foot of the idiot bar trail and there's no where decent for anyone to eat round there.

I bet a Pizza Express across the road in the banana would prove very popular.
Are you being serious? Pizza Express!
You will never get decent people to come into Bradford at night.
The Alhambra is a wonderful asset to the City in spite of the terrible mess the rest of the Centre is in.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one![/p][/quote]So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.[/p][/quote]Very true, however, this is the sort of people we really need to attract to the city. the Alhambra has some great shows, but it's right at the foot of the idiot bar trail and there's no where decent for anyone to eat round there. I bet a Pizza Express across the road in the banana would prove very popular.[/p][/quote]Are you being serious? Pizza Express! You will never get decent people to come into Bradford at night. The Alhambra is a wonderful asset to the City in spite of the terrible mess the rest of the Centre is in. alive and awake
  • Score: -1

3:33pm Tue 25 Mar 14

BertSanders says...

Last week we were closing 27
Last week we were closing 27 BertSanders
  • Score: 2

3:36pm Tue 25 Mar 14

clayton_lad says...

Another Chinese buffet and curry shop. Stunning news. Not. There is not even one single mediocre restaurant in the town centre. Just a plethera of takeaways, buffets and curry shops.

Apart from the worst of a bad bunch (McDonalds and KFC) there isn't even a single national restaurant chain with a presence here.
Another Chinese buffet and curry shop. Stunning news. Not. There is not even one single mediocre restaurant in the town centre. Just a plethera of takeaways, buffets and curry shops. Apart from the worst of a bad bunch (McDonalds and KFC) there isn't even a single national restaurant chain with a presence here. clayton_lad
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

Why does Green look like a poor man's Johnny Rotten?
Why does Green look like a poor man's Johnny Rotten? The Hoffster
  • Score: -3

5:03pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

alive and awake wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one!
So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.
Very true, however, this is the sort of people we really need to attract to the city.

the Alhambra has some great shows, but it's right at the foot of the idiot bar trail and there's no where decent for anyone to eat round there.

I bet a Pizza Express across the road in the banana would prove very popular.
Are you being serious? Pizza Express!
You will never get decent people to come into Bradford at night.
The Alhambra is a wonderful asset to the City in spite of the terrible mess the rest of the Centre is in.
Have you not been to the ones in Leeds? Very popular!

Whilst we'd all love a Claridges or Fat Duck to visit in the centre, we really do need to be realistic.

there are decent laces for a bit in Bradford- the media museum cafe is excellent (and licensed) and Forsters next to the pond is pretty good.

The Great Victoria hotel does good food too.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one![/p][/quote]So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.[/p][/quote]Very true, however, this is the sort of people we really need to attract to the city. the Alhambra has some great shows, but it's right at the foot of the idiot bar trail and there's no where decent for anyone to eat round there. I bet a Pizza Express across the road in the banana would prove very popular.[/p][/quote]Are you being serious? Pizza Express! You will never get decent people to come into Bradford at night. The Alhambra is a wonderful asset to the City in spite of the terrible mess the rest of the Centre is in.[/p][/quote]Have you not been to the ones in Leeds? Very popular! Whilst we'd all love a Claridges or Fat Duck to visit in the centre, we really do need to be realistic. there are decent laces for a bit in Bradford- the media museum cafe is excellent (and licensed) and Forsters next to the pond is pretty good. The Great Victoria hotel does good food too. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 0

6:37pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bradmat says...

The eateries are up at the cinema, its not too bad up there
The eateries are up at the cinema, its not too bad up there bradmat
  • Score: 0

8:02pm Tue 25 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

Off topic I know but it's never stopped me posting before and I'm not going to let it start now. According to the lying story fabricating scum at the BBC the government's public health advisory body is urging councils to adopt a mass fluoridation of our water supplies. David Green DO NOT PUT THAT CRAP IN OUR WATER!!!. If you know nothing about the problems associated with water fluoridation then please do a little research. There is a reason we have kept it out of our water and it needs to stay out.
Off topic I know but it's never stopped me posting before and I'm not going to let it start now. According to the lying story fabricating scum at the BBC the government's public health advisory body is urging councils to adopt a mass fluoridation of our water supplies. David Green DO NOT PUT THAT CRAP IN OUR WATER!!!. If you know nothing about the problems associated with water fluoridation then please do a little research. There is a reason we have kept it out of our water and it needs to stay out. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -3

8:18pm Tue 25 Mar 14

schroeder says...

basil fawlty wrote:
A few more chains as well as more upmarket restaurants in the city centre will be very welcome and save the trip to Leeds or Saltaire/Shipley. We need restaurants serving foods from across the world and not just asian. Having said that we used to be the number one destination in Yorkshire for a curry but even that title has surely now gone to Leeds where there are numerous quality restaurants. in the heart of the city. And whilst Bradford may hold the title of "Curry capital of the UK" you wont find top restaurants like the Aagrah and Akbars in the city centre, and there isn't anything to touch the "Curry Mile" in Manchester.
Aagrah amd Akbars and many more quality restaurants are just outside and surrounding the city centre.

Bradford is more than just the city centre you know.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: A few more chains as well as more upmarket restaurants in the city centre will be very welcome and save the trip to Leeds or Saltaire/Shipley. We need restaurants serving foods from across the world and not just asian. Having said that we used to be the number one destination in Yorkshire for a curry but even that title has surely now gone to Leeds where there are numerous quality restaurants. in the heart of the city. And whilst Bradford may hold the title of "Curry capital of the UK" you wont find top restaurants like the Aagrah and Akbars in the city centre, and there isn't anything to touch the "Curry Mile" in Manchester.[/p][/quote]Aagrah amd Akbars and many more quality restaurants are just outside and surrounding the city centre. Bradford is more than just the city centre you know. schroeder
  • Score: -1

8:21pm Tue 25 Mar 14

schroeder says...

Seriously good news about the 1875, I've heard many good things about the one in Menston,

Westfield being built and the economy on the rise will attract more restaurants, because that's how it works.
Seriously good news about the 1875, I've heard many good things about the one in Menston, Westfield being built and the economy on the rise will attract more restaurants, because that's how it works. schroeder
  • Score: 1

12:32am Wed 26 Mar 14

peterspan says...

Albion. wrote:
Any chance of any English ones?
Get off your arse and open one!
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Any chance of any English ones?[/p][/quote]Get off your arse and open one! peterspan
  • Score: 1

7:18am Wed 26 Mar 14

Albion. says...

peterspan wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Any chance of any English ones?
Get off your arse and open one!
I did own a catering business at one time but I've been retired a long time now.
[quote][p][bold]peterspan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Any chance of any English ones?[/p][/quote]Get off your arse and open one![/p][/quote]I did own a catering business at one time but I've been retired a long time now. Albion.
  • Score: 1

8:41am Wed 26 Mar 14

MattLondon says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one!
So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.
Westfield about to announce the three tenants of their main restaurant units - Pizza Express is one of them.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: We need quality, independent restaurants that will attract people to the city. they will have to be good to get many to venture into Bradford after dark though. As for chains, I think Bradford is the only City in the UK without a Pizza Express. Even Halifax has one![/p][/quote]So does Skipton! Can't blame them though. Pizza Express seems to attract white, affluent middle class people so Bradford City centre would be the worst place for them to have an outlet.[/p][/quote]Westfield about to announce the three tenants of their main restaurant units - Pizza Express is one of them. MattLondon
  • Score: 4

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