Food hall plans revealed for former Wetherspoons

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An independent food hall is set to open inside the former Wetherspoons in Kings Heath.

The Pear Tree on Kings Heath High Street will be ran by District Market Place, and house six independent food vendors, a bar, a coffee and bakery kiosk and a fine dining experience.

The venue will be managed through a digital platform, allowing diners to use an app to purchase food and drinks, which will be brought directly to their table.

It will also feature co-working and office spaces as part of ‘District Works’.

In planning documents submitted to Birmingham City Council, District Market Place said that “Sam Morgan and Andrew Sheridan from Craft and 8 have already committed to operational oversight of the Kings Heath site. Celebrity Chef Aktar Islam is also committed to taking a kiosk. We will also work with the best restaurateurs and street food operators in Birmingham in this site.”

However, it has now been reported that this is false. The celebrity chefs have both confirmed they are not a part of the plans.

Speaking with the Local Democracy Reporting Service this morning, Islam of restaurants Opheem and Pulperia, said: “I have no involvement at all. I wish them good luck, as it’s good to have more food businesses in the city, but I have no involvement. We have not even been in contact.”

Kash Khera, who heads up District Marketplace alongside Thomas Bray has asked Birmingham city council to remove the documents, which were an earlier version which wasn’t meant for the public domain.

Khera told the LDRS, “we have spoken to quite a few chefs and had a lot of interest but this is very early stages.