A 200-seat steakhouse restaurant was officially opened by Leicester’s City Mayor last night, breathing new life into one of the city's architectural treasures.
Sir Peter Soulsby said the opening of Middletons Steakhouse & Grill, in the iconic Grade-II listed former banking hall on St Martins was the latest chapter in the resurgence of the city’s Old Town.
The former NatWest bank, which has been empty since it closed in 2000, has been sensitively restored at a cost of £1.5million by the growing restaurant chain.
And Sir Peter, who cut the ribbon to open the company's sixth UK restaurant, said: "I am delighted to see this magnificent building brought back into use, and am extremely impressed with the restoration work that’s been carried out. I am very pleased to welcome them to Leicester, and wish them well with their new venture."
Steve Hutton, managing director of Middletons, said the new restaurant had created around 50 full time and part time jobs in the city.
"It has been a joy to bring this amazing building back to life for everyone to enjoy once again," he added.
“It has been our most ambitious project to date. When we first looked at the building in January 2014, there was a lot of work to do.
“Our designers, builders and staff have done a fantastic job and we're very excited to bring great food, in a great building, to a great city."
The Middletons menu that has proved so popular in five restaurants in Norwich, Milton Keynes, Colchester, Watford and King's Lynn includes a range of prime steaks, a signature mixed grill, seafood and vegetarian options, along with freshly-made classic desserts.
Find out more at www.middletons-shg.co.uk/restaurants/leicester