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Prime sites go outdoors and upmarket
Prime sites go outdoors and upmarket
14 April, 2011

Two prime city centre sites are getting a new look as part of a move to encourage al fresco wining and dining.

Paragon Square is being transformed by the removal of the stone benches, which will be replaced by a landscaped outdoor seating area for new cafe bars and restaurants.

Princes Dock Street –already established as an outdoor dining destination - is improving facilities with the installation of glass screens to provide more protection from the elements.

Both projects resulted from partnerships between businesses in the respective areas and other bodies, including Hull City Council.

The Paragon Square development is the first phase of a scheme that will result in improvements to a row of units, starting with Stanley’s Brasserie.

“We’re expanding into the premises next door to open a wine bar called Stan’s Bar,” said co-owner James Stockdale.

“The work here will change the face of this part of the city and our vision is it will become a new dining quarter.”

Paul Gregory of Leonardo’s Bistro and bar was one of the driving forces for the Princes Dock Street work, along with Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull Forward and other businesses in the area.

“It’s a new concept with a continental approach and I think the site is perfect for it,” said Paul.

Kathryn Shillito, Hull BID City Centre Manager, said: “These projects show what can be achieved by working in partnership. I was delighted to be party to discussions and I’m looking forward to seeing it come to fruition.

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Photograph: James and Paula Stockdale of Stanley's, Ferensway. Curtsey of Hull Daily Mail.