Investment

By on 11 July 2016

Ambitious plans for a striking new restaurant in Hull’s Fruit Market were announced today, in the latest major investment into the city’s cultural and creative quarter.

Tapan Mahapatra and Mukesh Tirkoti are the men behind the Tapasya restaurant brand, which includes Tapasya’ s first restaurant located on Beverley Road in Hull and Tapasya Catering. They are pleased to announce plans to open a new signature restaurant in September 2016.

Overlooking Hull Marina and aptly named “Tapasya @ Marina”, the new restaurant will offer Tapasya’s signature cuisine and entertaining style as well as farm-to-table seasonal ingredients. The restaurant will be just yards from Humber Street, the heart of a new waterside urban village.

The owners are investing £1m in the restaurant and its opening will create 30 jobs.

By creating a new high-quality Indian dining experience in the Fruit Market, the inspiring restaurant will serve to further define Hull as a leading culinary centre. Tapasya once again takes the city's dining scene to exciting new heights and is sure to become a premier dining destination for local patrons and for visitors to the area. 

The restaurant, based in the former CatZero building in Humber Dock Street, will offer a bright, airy and attractive new place to eat in a great location overlooking picturesque Hull Marina. With the emphasis on exciting taste and a warm Tapasya welcome, Tapasya will be opening its doors for lunches, evening meals and special occasion parties.

Tapan Mahapatra, founder of Tapasya, said: “Our latest investment is a clear sign we are making a strong commitment to support and stimulate the regeneration of the Fruit Market area and promote tourism in Hull ahead of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, of which we are strong advocates.

“We’re excited by the vision for the renewal of the Fruit Market and the substantial investments that are being made to make the area a thriving place of culture, creativity and commercial activity.

“We believe the Fruit Market is the perfect place for more local people and visitors to the city to enjoy Tapasya’s unique dining experience.”

The announcement is the latest vote of confidence in the exciting rejuvenation of the Fruit Market area, which is being driven forward by the joint venture company formed by regeneration leader Wykeland Group and residential developer Beal Homes, in partnership with Hull City Council.

The development partners have revealed their vision for the £80m regeneration of the Fruit Market as “a unique, vibrant, cultural quarter where people live, work and play”. The creation of an urban village includes new and refurbished commercial, retail and leisure space centred on Humber Street. New independent shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries will be complemented by more than 100 new mews-style homes around private courtyards, subject to planning permission.

David Donkin, Property Director of Hull-based Wykeland, said: “We’re delighted Tapasya’s owners are bringing their admired brand and refined dining experience to the Fruit Market. 

“Tapasya fits the bill ideally for our vision for the Fruit Market as a place featuring high-quality independent operations offering a diverse and complementary leisure and retail experience, supported by a rapidly-growing commercial community.”

Since opening on Beverley Road, Hull, in 2013, Tapasya has upheld its reputation for providing Indian cuisine like no other. By building up relationships with local suppliers of the finest 

Yorkshire produce, the restaurant has been able to offer quality fare, prepared with ancestral Indian methods. This combination has resulted in a culinary experience unique to the local area.

The traditional view of the UK’s Indian food scene is that of cheap and simple convenience meals. However, in recent years there has been a rise in restaurants offering a more refined dining experience. Tapasya is the only one at present to bring this philosophy to the region.

Tapasya’s locally-sourced produce is of the highest quality and is complemented perfectly by the traditional Indian techniques and flavours perfected by the chefs. The result is an unforgettable meal that is a feast for all the senses and something to be savoured.

At the helm of Tapasya @Marina’s kitchens is a new Chef from a prestigious Michelin Star restaurant in London. The Chef, who will be announced shortly, focuses on carefully hand-crafted dishes that let the quality of seasonal ingredients shine through and will be the tastemaker behind the new menus. Over his 15-year career, the Chef has drawn on his Northern Indian roots to pioneer culinary sensations that inspire diners. The Tapasya brand is well known for its “hero” New Menus and Food Provenance and has recently launched a new Indian Summers and seven-course tasting menu with a gin pairing.

Mukesh Tirkoti said: “The new restaurant will bring 30 new job opportunities into Hull. We will also be offering a take-away menu for boat owners in the Marina which will be the first of its kind in the area.”

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