The conversion of a coffee shop into a cafe bar at a city centre business centre and venue has been welcomed by neighbouring competitors as a potential boost to trade in the area.
Development of the Court Room Cafe Bar at Malik House on Cheapside has gone ahead due to demand from tenants and other users. The new venue, which will feature regular live music acts, will be launched on Saturday, and the move has created a couple of extra jobs.
A separate bar has also been added in the conference and events centre, enabling Malik House to cater for a wider range of events and functions.
Business development director Claire Viner said: “With the recent success of The Sparrow Bier Cafe and demand from our current client base, we feel that this will be a worthwhile investment into the area, and will generate much-needed footfall along Manor Row-Cheapside, which was formerly one of the most lively areas of the city.”
The move has been welcomed by Marco Husak, co-owner of The Sparrow Bier Café on North Parade.
He said: “It will be a welcome addition to the area, and we look forward to working together with The Court Room Cafe Bar to hopefully bring more people to this part of the city.”
Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe added his support, saying: “I welcome this new addition to the culture of the city and am looking forward to seeing the team behind Malik House continuing to bring quality investment and business to Bradford.”
Malik House, which celebrated its first anniversary last November, was created through a £1.2 million conversion of the Grade II-listed former Customs and Excise offices, dating back to 1899. It has two floors of fully-serviced offices, hot-desks and meeting rooms, as well as a ground-floor conference centre.
Tenants collectively employ around 70 people and include a therapist, a call centre, a glazing firm, a sales and marketing consultancy, along with two national training organsiations .
Community magazine publisher Martin Johnson added: “The Court Room Cafe Bar couldn't open at a better time, with the recent resurgence of the North Parade area, instigated by the increasingly-popular Sparrow Bier Cafe.
“With a varied cultural programme of events promised, this is a welcome addition to Bradford's nightlife offering and another positive step in encouraging people to venture into the city centre for their cultural fix."