Hull city centre’s nighttime and hospitality sector has received a huge boost courtesy of Levelling Up Funding.
A grant of £750,000 has been awarded to Tokyo Industries (Yorkshire) Ltd, trading as Iron Lilies, bringing a new late-night bar and restaurant.
The funding is from monies awarded to Hull City Council in 2021 by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).
Iron Lilies will occupy the former Virgin Megastore on Level 2 of Princes Quay Shopping Centre which has stood vacant for a decade.
The funding will also help to create 19 full-time equivalent jobs, as well as bring back into use large, vacant floor space.
Other proposed works include the installation of new toilets and a commercial kitchen, the creation of a bar, purchasing furniture, fixtures and fittings, as well as fitting out sound, alarm and camera systems.
Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “Levelling Up Funding has already helped to bring huge improvements and unlock great potential in our city centre.
“This is a significant investment to what is an exciting project which will provide a boost to Princes Quay and the wider area’s evening economy.”