March 17, 2010

Welcome news that things may be starting to move regarding the Watson’s site next to the former Phonenix cinema in central Leicester.

I reviewed the place last year not long after new owner Carmello Percolla took over and Bradley Bickerton was appointed head chef – and it was lovely (and not just because I know Bradley’s mum). I don’t know the full story but it seemed Nick Aiello was taking over behind the stove, who is known to East Midland fine diners from World Service. There were noises that  the place, which already held two AA rosettes, was aiming for the [Michelin] stars. But things went wrong quickly and sudden closure followed last August.

Now it seems the lease has been returned to the Landlord and a new tenant, with fine dining credentials is being sought. Apparantly there have already been two expersssions of interest.  I’ll be watching this space.


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