American diner Nosh and Quaff has closed down and a new restaurant is reopening this weekend in its place - an upscale New York inspired steak and seafood restaurant and bar.
Jailbird is the new concept for the Nosh and Quaff eatery on Colmore Row, which is owned by the Lasan Group.
Nosh and Quaff’s laidback diner style 'let’s get messy' ethos complete with bibs - is being jettisoned in favour of an altogether much more chic and sophisticated vibe at the new Jailbird.
Lasan Group’s Jabbar Khan said: “This is a brand new restaurant. Expect a cosmopolitan vibe where you can escape from the humdrum and get the New York state of mind.”
Since closing earlier this month, Nosh and Quaff has been undergoing extensive refurbishment - while maintaining the beautiful lighting and other furnishings of the Grade II listed interior.
The main Jailbird restaurant area will be upstairs making full use of the space - where diners can enjoy stunning views overlooking Victoria Square.
Meanwhile downstairs, the previously small bar has been moved to the other side of the room and is now substantially bigger - which should encourage more people in the city centre and business district to stop by for a drink.
A spokesman added; "Jailbird will be the place for guys and dolls to chill, with the ground-floor lounge offering fantastic drinks including fabulous cocktails. "
The new food menu is more varied than Nosh and Quaff menu -known for wings, hotdogs and lobster.
For starters you can enjoy black risotto with prawns ( £8.95) giant cous cous and flame-grilled asparagus salad (£6.90) salty ‘n’ sweet caramel-glazed pork knuckle served with a freshly-baked sunflower & pumpkin seed loaf, apple salad and butter (£12.75)
On the main menu choose from sea bass marinated in creole spices served with a kale salad (£19.80) classic surf & turf comprising grilled lobster with cheesy mustard mornay and spider steak served with gremolata, served with thick cut chips (£35.00)
Also on the menu is a steak sandwich with mustard, cheese, grilled onions and kale. (£14.00)
And there are two lobster dishes - whole lobster served with chips ( £29.95 and King lobster (£49.00)
Nosh & Quaff, opened in July 2015 and urged its customers to “get messy” as they adorned bibs.
Although one of the most beautiful restaurants in Birmingham, it had reportedly lost popularity in recent months.
In August last year, Aktar Islam who was then the chef director of Lasan Group, admitted that it was suffering from lack of passing trade as it was too 'hidden'.
At the time Mr Islam said: “The building is not allowed to stand out as a place for evening entertainment and any signage we want to put up has to go inside because the place is listed. We are trying to brighten up the building and anything we do would be done so tastefully.
“We have invested a lot of money into this venture and every business has a potential to reach and ours is not able to do that at the moment.”
The new Jailbird has raised seating area by the windows so now passers-by can clearly see inside the venue.
Mr Islam left the company which also owns Lasan, Fiesta del Asado and Raja Monkey, in October.