Laughing Buddha boss looking to open first karaoke hotspot in Lincoln
A new £500,000 karaoke bar and disco could open in Lincoln, creating 20 jobs.
If plans are approved, the bar would open underneath the Laughing Buddha restaurant in Silver Street.
Restaurant owner Steven Li has applied for planning permission to transform the building's basement.
Mr Li wants to build six private karaoke TV (KTV) rooms, a 12-metre bar and dancefloor.
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It would operate separately from the restaurant but would be called The Buddha Lounge.
Mr Li said the plan is inspired by the traditional karaoke bars in the Far East.
"I want a mixture of KTV rooms and a modern bar," he said.
"The basement will have private rooms for karaoke use by groups up to 10, and a larger VIP karaoke room which accommodates 20.
"I want to bring something different to Lincoln and believe a dedicated karaoke bar will be unique. It will bring an eastern touch to Lincoln."
The venue will also offer table service food from the Laughing Buddha menu.
Mr Li said he plans on keeping a few of the basements original features to give it a "speakeasy, prohibition feel".
These include the industrial metal sliding doors, the exposed brickwork and the large service lift.
He added: "This is a huge investment, but with the university and city growing I feel now is the right time."
The plans have been submitted to the City of Lincoln Council.
If they are approved later this month, Mr Li hopes to have the venue up and running just in time for the new wave of students in late September early October.
Mr Li said he hoped all kinds of people would visit.
"Not everyone likes to sing, or dance, so I've planned a VIP lounge space to sit, talk and drink," he said.
"I want to make it affordable so everyone can come and enjoy themselves."
Chief executive of Lincoln BIG, Matt Corrigan said he welcomed the planned investment.
He added: "It's exciting to see something different and funky in Lincoln city centre.
"Karaoke bars are a strong tradition in eastern culture."