Papas Fish and Chips is opening a new restaurant in Hull city centre!
Papas is opening up a new restaurant in Hull city centre (Image: Katie Pugh)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Jan 2018
A popular fish and chip shop chain is opening a new restaurant in Hull city centre.
Papas, which already has restaurants in Willerby and Bilton, is gearing up to introduce a new premises in Princes Dock Street in March.
Dino Papas, who owns the fish and chip chain with his dad Sid and brother George, said: “We are really excited because this has been in the pipeline for a year and a half and it’s just been something that we have really wanted to get perfect.
“There is so much going on in the city centre and we are really glad to be adding to it.
“It’s a really great spot in front of the water and we just hope it will be a success.”
Papas will move into a building formerly used by Charterhouse Recruitment with plans to install 150 seats.
Building work has already begun in the premises with Dino keen to install a “tea room” vibe in the food chain’s new city centre hub.
“We’re going to have marble table tops, nice silver teapots, an antique range and a bit of a museum feature,” he said.
“It’s going to be a little bit smaller than our other two restaurants but the difference is that this will be more of a café tea room.
“While fish and chips will still be the predominant thing on the menu, it’s a nice place to have a café and we want it to be like Betty’s team room – that style of tea room.”
From left: Dino with his dad Sid and brother George at the Willerby restaurant (Image: Katie Pugh)
With the opening of a new restaurant, Dino has also revealed more than 50 jobs will be up for grabs with Papas keen to recruit all manner of staff to help the venture run smoothly.
The proposal had been put on hold because of an issue with planning but after getting the green light from Hull City Council, it is now full steam ahead to get the restaurant up and running in just two months’ time.
With eateries already on the outskirts of Hull, Dino hopes this new city centre diner will attract both old and new fans of the brand.
And despite the competition, he is confident that Papas’ quality will reign supreme among takeaway lovers.
Dino said: “I think that there will be a new crowd but I also think it will tap into a lot of the existing client base that we already have. Every move we make is made because of our customers.
“We have had so many say to us, ‘you need to be in the city centre’ and that is why we made the move.
“There are some fish and chip shops here already but I think that Hull city centre could do with a Papas as well and I think we will bring a new quality to fish and chips in the city centre.”
In March 2017, Papas handed out thousands of fish and chips for just 1p to celebrate winning the BBC’s best fish and chip shop.
The popular chain also sent a portion of fish and chips to space and gave out free dishes to the homeless over the festive period.
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