A new restaurant serving up Moroccan and Lebanese fast food is to open in Nottingham city centre next week after leading property consultancy Bruton Knowles secured a lease on the premises.
Marrakesh Express, situated at 62 Long Row, is owned by local restaurateur Abdou Ali El Bahtini Ibrahim, the proprietor of nearby Marrakesh restaurant. It will open to the public on February 25th, offering flatbread sandwiches, tagines and salads.
Geoff Solman, senior surveyor at Nottingham-based Bruton Knowles, said the agents had received offers on the premises from three parties – competition which he said highlights the burgeoning restaurant scene in Nottingham city centre.
He said: “Both Bruton Knowles and joint agents NG Chartered Surveyors received a lot of inquiries about the restaurant premises. The landlord was very pleased at the level of interest this property attracted.
“Long Row is a brilliant location for an eatery like this, as workers on their lunch break flood past it from offices on Derby Road and Parliament Street. Marrakesh Express is a great addition to the proliferation of new restaurants in the city centre at the moment – it is offering something different and exciting to the mix.
“We were pleased to secure the deal on the landlord’s behalf and look forward to seeing this new restaurant open in this popular city centre location.”
The property, which was previously occupied by Yo Yo Noodle, has a 15 year lease. The asking rent was £24,000 per year.
Solman added: “We’ve worked on several leases in the leisure sector in the city centre over the last year, including the new addition to the Lace Market’s bar scene, The Loom, situated on High Pavement, which has already established itself as a popular venue.
“Like The Loom, Marrakesh Express is in a prime location but also benefits from an established reputation from its sister restaurant, Marrakesh, which is just eight doors up the road.”
The 35-seater cafe and takeaway will also open for Arabic breakfasts and will stay open until late at night.