Pizzeria chain Buca Di Pizza has bagged a 1,900 sq ft unit at Hull’s Fruit Market as it continues to expand across the north of England.
The 80-cover site, which can also seat 20 outside, will be the fourth addition to the company’s store network and the first in East Yorkshire. It currently has two restaurants in Leeds and one in Manchester.
Buca Di Pizza is an independent brand, loosely translating as ‘the pizza pit’, owned by brothers Geoff and Nick Thornton.
The brand delivers informal dining and a contemporary twist on traditional Italian classics by using different tastes from around the globe.
The pair are investing £175,000 in fitting out the pizzeria and bar in Humber Street, creating 15 full time and part-time jobs in the process.
The store will be located between Ambiente Tapas and Cocoa Chocolatier and Patisserie, adding to the growing list of distinctive leisure venues in the waterside district.
Hull’s Fruit Market is the subject of an £80m transformation by developer Wykeland Beal and housebuilder Beal Homes, in partnership with the City Council.
Buca Di Pizza’s Geoff Thornton said: ‘The Fruit Market area is unique – it has such an interesting and very European feel. It’s a great place to visit during the day and in the evening and we’re very excited about becoming part of it. We’re retaining many of the original features, such as the tiled floor, and it will have a really lovely rustic feel.”
Buca Di Pizza is the latest in a wave of recent investments into the Fruit Market, including restaurants Ambiente Tapas, Butler Whites, Tapasya @ Marina, Cocoa Chocolatier and Patisserie.