A major new restaurant, operated by The Piece Hall Trust and creating over 35 new jobs, will open this August.
The announcement comes as visitor numbers pass the 2 million mark, smashing original targets set for the first year.
The new restaurant, which will be located overlooking the spectacular courtyard, has been made possible thanks to a capital grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a loan from Calderdale Council. All the profits generated by the restaurant and conference suite will be re-invested into the upkeep and cultural programme of this historic building.
The destination restaurant will seat over 200 people between the outdoor and indoor spaces and will be open daily from 8.00am till 11.00pm. The cuisine will feature the best of local produce and every effort will be made to source as much as possible from the area – from food and drink to the everyday supplies. Even the designers of the kitchen and interior, whilst national operators, have been sourced from the region.
Nick Taylor, the Commercial Director for The Piece Hall Trust commented: “Whilst aiming to be contemporary the feel of the place will be comfortable and fun. Healthy eating will be high on our agenda and there will be something for everyone.
"We are starting the process of recruiting what will need to be an amazing team so want to hear from locals with the skills and drive to come and work with us to continue the success of the place. We have also set up a skills working group with Calderdale College, Calderdale Council and others to help guide us in this process.”
The Trust has also invested in an event space on the top floor, which will be serviced by the kitchens and team from the new restaurant. With views across the valley, over to Beacon Hill with a glass surrounded balcony, demand for this space is already growing.
Nicky Chance-Thompson, Chief Executive of the Piece Hall Trust, added “The Piece Hall is fast becoming a significant destination for events, shopping, heritage and relaxation. We are taking great care to ensure we have a mix of food and drink offerings that will attract people from not just Halifax but all over the world.”