Indian restaurant launches with £1m investment and Michelin-star chef

INDIAN restaurant Tapasya is opening its newest restaurant at Hull’s Fruit Market in September 2016.

The restaurant follows a £1m investment by founders Tapan Mahapatra and Mukesh Tirkoti, who launched the first eatery for the brand on Beverley Road.

The site, overlooking Hull Marina, will be named Tapasya @Marina in keeping with the branding of the major cultural development.

At the heart of the new urban village development just yards from Humber Street, the restaurant will create 30 jobs.

Based in the former CatZero building in Humber Dock Street, Tapasya will overlook Hull Marina, and the food offering will be headed by a mysterious chef from a North Indian Michelin-starred London restaurant.

Wykeland Group and residential developer Beal Homes, in partnership with Hull City Council are redeveloping the site with an £80m project. There will be 100 homes, cafes, galleries, shops and restaurants.

Tapan Mahapatra, founder of Tapasya, said: “Our latest investment is a clear sign we are making a strong commitment to support and stimulate the regeneration of the Fruit Market area and promote tourism in Hull ahead of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, of which we are strong advocates.

“We’re excited by the vision for the renewal of the Fruit Market and the substantial investments that are being made to make the area a thriving place of culture, creativity and commercial activity.

“We believe the Fruit Market is the perfect place for more local people and visitors to the city to enjoy Tapasya’s unique dining experience.”

David Donkin, property director of Hull-based Wykeland, said: “We’re delighted Tapasya’s owners are bringing their admired brand and refined dining experience to the Fruit Market.

“Tapasya fits the bill ideally for our vision for the Fruit Market as a place featuring high-quality independent operations offering a diverse and complementary leisure and retail experience, supported by a rapidly-growing commercial community.”