French brasserie chain to take over Lincoln bar with £1m investment

A French restaurant chain has agreed a deal to take over the site of a Lincoln bar later this month.

Craft, based on High Street, will close its doors just over two years after it opened following a decision by the owners to accept an offer for the site from Côte Restaurant Ltd.

Côte has said that it will invest in the region of £1 million to refurbish the site, which will take around four months to complete.

Côte has over 70 restaurants across the UK, including 12 in Central London alone, and estimates that around 35 jobs will be created as a result of its latest acquisition.

The future of the 16 members of staff currently employed at Craft has not been confirmed, although Côte has said that it has invited all the employees to apply for jobs with them.

The owners of Craft are also the management behind Home nightclub in the city centre.

Harald Samúelsson, Joint Managing Director at Côte Restaurants Ltd, said: “Lincoln is a city steeped in history and culture. Its thriving arts scene and stunning architecture are attracting more and more people from right across the country to visit its sights.

“We feel extremely proud to be opening a restaurant in Lincoln and we’re looking forward to offering our friendly style and all-day dining to both tourists and locals.

“It’s great for us to be joining an already flourishing eating out scene while offering something different in terms of value and service.

“We think that Côte’s classic, but contemporary feel is perfect for Lincoln. We hope the people of Lincoln and its tourists will agree.”

The restaurant will offer all day dining, from breakfast right through to lunch and dinner, seven days a week.