New waterfront burger restaurant will create up to 40 jobs in Lincoln
UP TO 40 jobs will be created when a new speciality burger restaurant opens in Lincoln.
Handmade Burger Co. is due to open a 120-seater eaterie in the Brayford Glassmill by early summer.
It comes as parent company The Sargeant Partnership expands the chain beyond its eight existing restaurants.
The company insists its new outlet in Brayford Wharf North will fare better than the waterfront businesses Ultimate Burger and Tootsies, both of which closed down.
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Handmade Burger Co. is famous for making more than 40 varieties of burgers by hand in its restaurants each day.
Owner Chris Sergeant said the company was committed to sourcing the best quality produce from the best British farmers.
He said: "We are delighted to be moving into Lincoln.
"We expect the restaurant opening will create up to 40 jobs with the new restaurant team training together for six weeks before opening to ensure Handmade Burger Co. is the perfect destination for a quick bite, a get-together with friends, or a meal out for the whole family.
"We pride ourselves on delivering quality food and award winning service and hope diners in Lincoln will love the fresh food we make and the great variety we offer."
Chief executive of Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG) Matt Corrigan said it was a positive investment which would make the area more family-friendly and complement weekly late-night shopping.
He said: "It's great to see investment on the waterfront in more family-orientated food outlets rather than just bars.
"If everything is geared towards 18 to 24-year-olds it won't bring everyone out into the city centre."
The restaurant letting was secured by chartered surveyors Hodgson Elkington. Matthew Johnson, of the company, said the new restaurant was a boon to the city's economy. He said: "We very much welcome Handmade Burger Co. to the city and the new jobs that will be created, which will boost the local economy.
"The restaurant formerly occupied by Tootsies is in a prominent position in one of Lincoln's prime leisure destinations, being close to the university campus and the multi-storey Lucy Tower public car park."
The family-owned and run chain opened its first restaurant in Birmingham in 2005.
It also has branches in Hull, Leicester, Sheffield and Aberdeen.
Heritage student Chris Walker, 25, of Calder Road, Lincoln, said the burger restaurant was a welcome addition to the area.
He said: "I have never been to a burger restaurant other than Burger King or McDonald's so this is something I would try.
"It's good to see the building being used and it offers another choice of somewhere to eat."