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Indian tapas bar among new tenants secured for £3 million complex at Mercia Marina

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A new Indian café restaurant will open at Mercia Marina in early 2018, the Derby Telegraph can reveal.
The Indian tapas bar – a concept which has proved popular in London and Edinburgh – will launch inside the ground floor of the Derbyshire marina’s new £3 million Piazza development.
The four-storey building is currently being built on the peninsula next to the marina’s Boardwalk shopping, leisure and office complex.

The Piazza is being built next to the existing Boardwalk complex
It can also now be revealed that The Piazza will also be home to a hairdressers, art gallery and two additional new shops.
Talks to find a tenant for a sixth unit at the development are ongoing.
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General manager Robert Neff said it was an exciting time for the marina, which is home to around 500 boat residents and pulls in 800,000 visitors a year.
Announcing plans for the new Indian café and restaurant, he said: “The concept will be small plates, or tapas. Currently, the Indian food you tend to have in most traditional Indian restaurants is almost exclusively evening food, and it’s quite heavy. This one will be day-into-evening and lots of small dishes, rather than single dishes.
“It’s a concept that’s been very popular in London and Edinburgh. It’s extremely popular and has really taken off.

Robert Neff is general manager at Mercia Marina
“What it mirrors is typical eating by Indian people. They don’t just eat at night, they eat in the day as well. They’ll have a wide variety of dishes, and so we’re trying to do that. It will break the mould, a little bit, on the typical Indian dining in the UK.”
Mr Neff said other tenants now secured for The Piazza development were Bluebird Gallery, William Wheelwright Hairdressing and interior decorating retailer Black By Design.

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Derby entrepreneur Steve Robinson – owner of the women’s designer clothing chain Blue Water, which has outlets at Mercia Marina, Barton Marina, Sadler Gate in Derby and Belper – has also agreed a deal to open another clothing shop in The Piazza.

A hair salon will open at the new Piazza development in the new year
Earlier this year, it was announced Bionical, a pharmaceutical firm which first took space at the marina in 2014, will expand into the upper two floors of The Piazza.
The firm – which was crowned Company of the Year at this year’s Derby Telegraph Business Awards – said the expansion will bring 100 jobs to the area.
Mr Neff said The Piazza will open early next year. He said: “The builders tell us it will be completed roughly on time in December. They’ll then hand it over to us and we’ll then hand it over to the tenants to do their fit-outs.
“The restaurant will take around six weeks to fit out and the gallery a few weeks. So really we’re talking about opening at the end of January.”
Source: Derby Telegraph