New Lincolnshire Red Steak House to open in Lincoln city centre
A new steakhouse is set to open on the site of a former city nightspot, creating 25 jobs.
A £300,000 refit of the building, in Newland, is currently under way and Lincolnshire Red Steak House is set to open on November 26.
Owners say it will be traditional yet stylish and will include an open kitchen so customers can see and hear their food being cooked.
Lincolnshire Red is owned by Christopher Regan, 23, who last year refurbished and breathed new life into Ye Olde Crowne, in Clasketgate.
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"We thought a traditional steak house was something Lincoln was lacking," he said.
"We wanted to create something that was centred on Lincolnshire so when tourists came, they would be able to experience what the county is all about.
"The kitchen will be completely open with all the cooking facilities and grills on show. We wanted it to be very theatrical.
"The work is going on now and we're going to have a lot of exposed brickwork inside, with a very steely design and a lot of unique furnishings.
"We wanted the menu to really represent Lincolnshire, so as well as steak from local cattle there are going to be a lot of the county's favourite dishes.
"It's going to be unique because there's nowhere in Lincoln doing what we're setting out to do."
The menu will be filled with classic Lincolnshire dishes and the steaks will be sourced from Lincoln Red cattle.
There are also plans for live acoustic entertainment at weekends and up to six local cask ales on offer at any one time.
It is the latest development in Lincoln's growing hospitality industry.
On Wednesday, November 7, Japanese food chain wagamama opened its new restaurant on the site of the former harbour master's office on the Brayford.
And the Strait and Narrow pub, on the site of the former Catalogue Shop in The Strait, has opened, with an official launch planned for later in the month.
Marion Cooney, evening economy manager at Lincoln Business Improvement Group, said it was reassuring to see disused units like the old Essence site, which had been empty for more than 18 months, brought back into use.
"These developments show that we offer a variety of nighttime economy entertainment," she said.
"They will hopefully bring more people and families into the city."
"And anything to do with local produce and promoting the Lincolnshire area is absolutely brilliant."