The £1 million refit of a previously derelict Colmore Row building into one of the city’s most prominent restaurants has been completed.
Lobster and beer restaurant Nosh and Quaff, which looks out over the Grade II*-listed Council House and Victoria Square, will launch this week after being designed by Keane Design Associates.
It already borders Pure Bar and Kitchen, The Bureau, Chung Ying Central, The Lost and Found, Bodega – and the new Adam’s restaurant is planned nearby.
Keane Design Associates, which despite being a Birmingham firm rarely works in the city, has uncovered ivory-coloured marble walls and hand-carved dark wooden panelling for the ground floor restaurant.
Upstairs, exposed brickwork and metal panelling sit alongside a bar made of green glass bottles.
Central to the new Nosh and Quaff brand is hearty food – and cutlery isn’t provided unless requested.
The venue, on the corner bordering Waterloo Street, has capacity for 200 drinkers and diners with a focus on food downstairs and drinks upstairs.
Lasan Group, which also owns Indian street food café Raja Monkey and Argentinian Fiesta Del Asado, created 50 jobs with the new venture.
It came after the 5,500 sq ft building became one of the first to be developed using Chinese funding.