An empty LONG restaurant in Winchester is set to have a new tenant after being empty for two years.
Turkish restaurant chain Turquaz will open on Jewry Street in premises vacated by Loch Fyne in 2020.
The historic Tudor building will become the restaurant chain’s 15th location across London and the South East, with an opening date set for early September.
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Savills, on behalf of a private owner, recently completed the rental. A new 15-year lease has been secured for the Grade II listed town center property, which comprises 4,526 square feet (420 square meters) spread over the ground floor and first floor retail areas. In total, the catering and retail areas can accommodate around 150 covers. There is also a central courtyard with outdoor seating for around 26 people.
Turkuaz offers a variety of Turkish dishes, a great selection of charcoal grilled fish and meats with a plethora of exciting vegetarian dishes and classics such as moussaka and halloumi salad.
The property is next to Brasserie Blanc, across from Wagamama and near Josie’s and Cabinet Rooms.
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Cevdet Mutlu, owner of Turquaz, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open one of our restaurants in the wonderful city of Winchester and in such a historic building.”
Chris Bickle, Licensed Leisure Team Manager at Savills Southampton, said: “We are extremely pleased to find a new operator to bring this beautiful historic property back to life. Turquaz’s Mediterranean cuisine is very complementary to current offerings throughout the city, with Giggling Squid also recently gaining space in the city.
“Winchester is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the UK and is a hugely popular eating out spot with a low city center retail vacancy rate of around 8.5% compared to the UK average 14.5% in March 2022.”
Turquaz was represented by Mark Hiller at DMR Property.
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