Opening of bistro shows faith in city

The opening of Forsters Bistro & Deli next week will mean the ‘banana’ building in Centenary Square is thankfully once again fully occupied. And it is yet another sign that the city is moving in the right direction.

The 100-seater restaurant is one of the first businesses to successfully capitalise on the £35m Growth Zone money which came into force at the end of last month.

Tellingly, the funding available was a major factor in the decision of the bistro, which is being opened by Bradford’s Forster Community College, not to set up in Leeds.

No one would pretend that the Growth Zone can suddenly totally transform the city centre into a thriving success story.

But this latest piece of positive news is another sign that a corner may well have been turned.

In recent weeks, there has been some movement on Westfield, and a high-level delegation travelled to London on what was described as a successful trip to drum up new retail investment for the city.

Forsters College decision to open up in Centenary Square shows faith in the city, and that more than anything is what is needed now.

For many, the promises and the funding announcements mean little in themselves.

It will only be when businesses start to sign up and show their confidence in Bradford that they will truly accept things are getting better.

A new bistro opening in City Square – and taking on a 15-year lease – might seem a small step, but it is hopefully a sign of things to come as the city’s long wait for light at the end of the tunnel is surely finally at an end.

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