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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Restaurant hopes to keep large marquee until end of City of Culture year

A restaurant is hoping to keep a temporary marquee, set up during the Covid pandemic, until the end of Bradford’s City of Culture year.

Jinnah on Leeds Road set up the marquee on a neighbouring car park as the country was coming out of lockdown. The business said it would allow the restaurant to serve customers when social distancing restrictions were still in place.

Bradford Council granted the restaurant planning permission to keep the marquee on a temporary basis – under the condition that it had to be removed this month.

But now the restaurant has submitted an application calling for the structure to remain in place until the end of 2025.

The application says: “The initial purpose of this temporary marquee was to allow social distancing during the pandemic and later allow recouping and recover funds to allow further beneficial investment into the site, business, and local vicinity.

“In doing so the previous 18 months have allowed the business to regain some of these.

“However, as Jinnah Restaurant are one of the founding partners of Bradford 2025, this temporary marquee would not only have a positive impact to the restaurant but also to the wider region and assist the city with Bradford 2025.

“The Marquee has contributed positively towards to 2025 bid by hosting a number of events for local community.”

A decision on the application is expected in late November.

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