Two-Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains has confirmed he plans to open a second Nottingham restaurant. The news came to light following a setback after a deal on a site he had identified fell through last month.
Bains made an offer on the site, which he had earmarked for a new tapas-style operation, in March 2014 but was forced to withdraw in January.
Letters from his lawyer went unanswered and telephone calls were not returned, according to the Nottingham Post.
"Our offer for a 15-year lease was accepted but then negotiations stopped. From that moment it was like drawing blood. All they had to do was sign and we were ready to go. I thought if I am having this problem now, if anything happens in the future, I'm going to have a big headache," Bains said.
The aborted negotiations have cost an estimated £12,000, but the chef is still planning to find another home for the venture, potentially in the city's Lace Market area, where customers would be able to choose from 20 dishes, priced £5 to £12.