Owners invest £1m in Indian restaurant in new arts quarter

Artist's impression of Tapasya@Marina
Artist's impression of Tapasya@Marina
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A restauranteur is putting his money where his mouth is with “ambitious” plans for a striking new restauraunt in the heart of Hull’s burgeoning arts and culture quarter.

The £1m restaurant overlooking Hull Marina is the latest investment in the Fruit Market area and will create 30 jobs when it opens in September.

Tapan Mahapatra and Mukesh Tirkoti are the men behind the Tapasya restaurant brand, which includes Tapasya’s first restaurant which opened in 2013 on Beverley Road in the city and Tapasya Catering.

Mr Mahapatra, an onco-plastic consultant breast surgeon at Castle Hill Hospital and board member of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, 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 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 new restaurant in the former CatZero building on Humber Dock Street, next door to 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, is set to offer a “high-quality Indian dining experience” using locally-sourced produce.

The yet-to-be named chef hails from a Michelin starred restaurant in London.

Mr 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.”

What was one of the oldest street-based fruit and vegetable markets in the country, the Fruit Market is in the throes of a transformation which should eventually see it become alive with independent shops, businesses, galleries, and restaurants.

Developers Wykeland Beal is putting £70m private money into the project, which features a 107-home mews-style development.