Cafe plan for empty pavilion

The pavilion at the end of the Mirror Pool lake in City Park.

The pavilion at the end of the Mirror Pool lake in City Park.

First published in News

A successful restaurateur hopes to turn the empty pavilion in Bradford's award-winning City Park into a cafe and restaurant.

Bradford entrepreneur Zulfi Hussain is hoping to plough a quarter of a million pounds into the business, creating at least 12 jobs.

The Council-owned building, just feet from the Mirror Pool, is described by the authority as having "what must be one of the best city-centre outlooks in the country".

Now it could become an eatery and takeaway, aptly called 'The Pavilion', if the idea gets planners' approval.

Dr Hussain, the co-owner of Indian restaurant Deeva in Farsley, Leeds, said: "I am very excited. This is a great opportunity, not just for me, but for Bradford."

He said subject to planning permission, he hoped to open the cafe in August, and that one of his plans was for theme nights serving a variety of street food.

He said: "I also want to support local artists and will be holding musical, art and poetry evenings in the cafe."

Dr Hussain has now applied for permission to change the use of the building and put up new signs.

In the application, Baildon-based architects Fineline Architectural Design Limited said an existing window could be converted into a serving hatch "for those who would like to grab a coffee whilst passing".

And it said Dr Hussain was keen to install a large door opening along the frontage "to enable the façade of the unit to benefit from the mirror pool adjacent, and in effect transform the unit into being part of ‘the outdoors’".

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for employment and culture, welcomed the proposal, saying: "Confidence in the city centre is growing by the day as the Westfield development takes shape."

The grass-roofed building houses the underground plant room from where the mirror pool's water and lights are controlled, as well as public toilets, but the right-hand part of the building has not yet had a permanent tenant.

The Council had originally planned to find a long-term commercial tenant back in 2012, shortly after City Park opened.

But this plan had to be put on ice when the Central Library was deemed no longer fit for purpose, and the pavilion was commandeered for a temporary children's library.

Once the children's library moved into its permanent home at the new City Library nearby, the 1,507 sq ft space became empty once again, and the Council started marketing the site for a five-year lease.

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10:45am Mon 16 Jun 14

Avro says...

But will it bring in the £80m that was projected the City Park would bring in, rather than the £2.5m that it is currently bringing in?
But will it bring in the £80m that was projected the City Park would bring in, rather than the £2.5m that it is currently bringing in? Avro
  • Score: -4

3:27pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Cooperlane2 says...

"And it said Dr Hussain was keen to install a large door opening along the frontage "to enable the façade of the unit to benefit from the mirror pool adjacent, and in effect transform the unit into being part of ‘the outdoors’".

perfect to turn it into a shisha lounge
"And it said Dr Hussain was keen to install a large door opening along the frontage "to enable the façade of the unit to benefit from the mirror pool adjacent, and in effect transform the unit into being part of ‘the outdoors’". perfect to turn it into a shisha lounge Cooperlane2
  • Score: -11

8:43pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Bradford56 says...

Sounds good and can't wait to try it! Good luck Dr Hussain!
Sounds good and can't wait to try it! Good luck Dr Hussain! Bradford56
  • Score: 6

8:32am Tue 17 Jun 14

eccythump says...

Mmmm a café sounds nice. On the other hand, if it becomes yet another purveyor of Halal foods, that rules me out :(
Mmmm a café sounds nice. On the other hand, if it becomes yet another purveyor of Halal foods, that rules me out :( eccythump
  • Score: -2

11:08am Tue 17 Jun 14

shazmeen123 says...

eccythump wrote:
Mmmm a café sounds nice. On the other hand, if it becomes yet another purveyor of Halal foods, that rules me out :(
What is the problem with them selling halal foods, stupid comments like these really annoy me. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions but this is sheer stupidity. I don't think the taste between Halal and non Halal food is different and if you want to start going on about how the animal is slaughtered become a vegetarian. An animal NEEDS to die for it to become food and it shouldn't matter how, do you want your meat to be sung a lullaby before it's slaughtered?
[quote][p][bold]eccythump[/bold] wrote: Mmmm a café sounds nice. On the other hand, if it becomes yet another purveyor of Halal foods, that rules me out :([/p][/quote]What is the problem with them selling halal foods, stupid comments like these really annoy me. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions but this is sheer stupidity. I don't think the taste between Halal and non Halal food is different and if you want to start going on about how the animal is slaughtered become a vegetarian. An animal NEEDS to die for it to become food and it shouldn't matter how, do you want your meat to be sung a lullaby before it's slaughtered? shazmeen123
  • Score: -1

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