Some 30 new jobs have been signalled as expanding restaurant chain Wildwood plans its first Lincolnshire restaurant in place of the former Mall Shopping Centre in Lincoln.
Chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co announced that the national chain will submit a planning application to refurbish the site of The Mall in upper High Street within two weeks.
Wildwood, which already has 40 eateries and more in the pipeline, said it is aware that Lincoln is growing in prominence and it has had its eye on the city for some time.
The site, which is in line for a complete revamp, will offer relaxed dining, with a menu which features pizza, pasta and grilled dishes, hoping to attract shoppers, students and passing tourists.
Banks Long & Co Managing Director Tim Bradford said: “We have turned down a number of wet-led late night bar operations in favour of Wildwood, which offers a top quality dining experience including a small bar and retail area.
“This new name for Lincoln signals new jobs and continues the revitalisation process being seen throughout the City Centre. It is great news for Lincoln.”
Wildwood is owned by Tasty Plc. Its Joint Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director Samuel Kaye said: “We are really excited to be opening a restaurant in Lincoln. The city has been on our radar for some time.
“We recognise how Lincoln has improved, with an expanding economy and a surge in tourist and student numbers. We can’t wait to bring our fantastic new dining concepts to the people of Lincoln.”
The aim is to have Wildwood ready to be completely fitted out and ready to welcome its first diners in time for Christmas.