Apopular fish and chips chain will open its second restaurant in Hull this week.
Papa’s has transformed the former Swiss Cottage pub, at the junction of Holderness Road and Main Road, Bilton into the new restaurant which will have more than 250 seats as well as a takeaway area and 70 parking spaces.
The takeaway section will open on Wednesday with the full restaurant set to be serving by November. The latest venture follows the success of its popular eatery in Great Gutter Lane East, Willerby, which opened last year.
The new restaurant was due to open last month but it was delayed after thieves stole tools worth £4,000.
Owner Sid Papas said: “We have been inundated with questions about when we are opening so we are expecting it to be very busy on Wednesday.
“Everything is ready and the place looks amazing. We have a monster frying range with nine pans rather than just the two you normally do at most fish and chip shops.
“The property was empty for over a year so there was a lot of work to do and we had setback after setback. It has taken us months but the place now looks amazing.”
The new restaurant will serve the same menu as the Willerby chain. Papa’s has already employed 60 people and more could follow.
Mr Papas said: “We have already employed 60 members of staff from the local area and we were inundated with job applications.
“We are still looking for more and we could have 80 employees in total.
“I think this restaurant will prove to be just as popular as the one at Willerby. The feedback we have had is that people are really looking forward to it.”
Papa’s caught local attention earlier this year when more than 3,000 customers flocked to Willerby restaurant in a a single day to celebrate the chain’s 50th anniversary.
Mr Papas said: “We are really, really excited to be finally opening. We don’t want to blow our own trumpet but the place looks fantastic.”
The restaurant will officially start serving at 11.30am on Wednesday 13th October 2016.