Bar group locked in ‘constructive discussions’ over bringing 200 jobs to Nottingham

A move to bring two high-end bars to Nottingham is still on course, despite a lengthy delay since plans were submitted, according to the group which owns them.

In September, we reported that Arc Inspirations had submitted plans to open one of its Manahatta cocktail bars at the former French Connection unit on Victoria Street and a Box sports bar at 2-3 Thurland Street in Nottingham city centre.

At the time, Arc Inspirations said it expected to open the bars “within the next six months”, creating 200 jobs in the city.

However, almost four months on and there is no sign that either bar will open in the Grade II listed buildings.

The company has proposed to refurbish the basement, ground and first floors of both sites and intends to create a new mezzanine floor at Victoria Street.

Despite the delay, a spokesperson for Arc Inspirations told “There’s been huge excitement ever since we announced our plans to open Manahatta and BOX in Nottingham, and we know people are keen to hear the latest updates.

“We’re continuing to have constructive conversations with the council about both sites, and we’re confident we’ll be able to work together to get two positive results.

“We’d like to thank everybody for their patience, and as anybody who has visited a BOX or a Manahatta will know, it’s going to be worth the wait!”

Arc was formed in 1999 by Wolstencroft and Chris Ure. It initially catered for the student population in the Headingley area of Leeds but has since expanded significantly.

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