A new restaurant is promising to bring a taste of the Caribbean to Birmingham city centre and create more than 65 jobs in the process.

The Turtle Bay chain has invested more than £900,000 in a 5,000 sq ft, 130-cover restaurant on John Bright Street.

The 65 jobs have helped local people secure full and part time positions.

Chris Halford, general manager at Turtle Bay said the launch will be a welcome addition to the city’s restaurant scene.

He said: “This significant investment demonstrates Turtle Bay’s confidence in the Birmingham leisure market. The second city has a sound reputation for the quality of its restaurants and we’re looking forward to introducing the Turtle Bay to Birmingham’s food lovers.”

The restaurant, which opens on Friday, April 18, will offer dishes such as jerk chicken, blue mountain curry goat and cutters (starters and sharing dishes), inspired by beach shacks and street hawkers from across the Caribbean islands, complemented with a Caribbean cocktail menu with specialities including rum runner and Tobago tea.

The restaurant will open late at weekends until 1.30am.