Around £ 1million has been spent on establishing an Indian restaurant with a capacity of 500 people, which owners hope will earn a reputation as one of the best in the region.
Work has been underway on the Tipu Sultan in Sherwood, Nottingham, for several years.
Now the team behind the plans say they’re weeks away from opening.
Director Safdar Azam said construction was delayed by the pandemic combined with the condition of the building at Mansfield Road, which was previously the Fat Cat Bar and, before that, the Chestnut Tree Pub.
He said: “It had been empty for a while. When we entered the water was flowing and destroyed the building.
“Everything we touched fell apart – so we made sure the restaurant we created would be there for the next 20 years.
“If we had land here and built it, it would have been cheaper than renovating it.
“We thought it would cost around £ 300,000 and six months of work and we’d be good to go, but here we are two years later and hit over £ 1million.”
The ground floor has been given a makeover with circular booths and the first floor has been transformed into a banquet area for larger parties
The restaurant, which will be alcohol-free, will have a large open kitchen, with a team of 24 people preparing dishes such as desi chili handi chicken and Karahi gosht sultani.
Mr Azam said: “We want people to come and enjoy the food. There are a lot of bars and pubs in Sherwood. Have a drink, then come here.
“The seating plan is more of a family restaurant, so you can bring your kids.
“We cook food differently – not in 20 minutes, we cook overnight and serve the next day,” he said.
“We want customers to come back at least twice a week when they’ve tried our food, so we’re looking at the affordability of it.
“When you come here, your budget is not encumbered. “
In total, there will be room for over 500 diners, inside and out, making it one of the biggest, if not the biggest, restaurant in Nottingham.
The model started in Birmingham, followed by a restaurant in Leicester.
A fourth Tipu Sultan will open in Manchester.
The restaurant will officially open on October 11.