The new-look Korean Kitchen is now open in Southport town centre.
Southport town centre’s first Korean restaurant enjoyed a devoted following when it was situated in Hillside.
It is now building a new army of devoted diners after opening at 509-511 Lord Street in Southport, near the junction with Bold Street.
The new venture has seen the creation of 10 new jobs.
Owner Taeyeop Kim offers diners “a unique dining experience” while preserving the heritage character of a Grade II Listed building.
It is a further boost to Lord Street, which is enjoying a huge resurgence this year.
The new sky bar and rooftop terrace is due to open at The Grand next year, while Maverick’s bar has recently opened.
Earlier this month proposals were revealed for the transformation of the former Garrick theatre on Lord Street while work is underway to create a new climbing centre and cafe. Occulo Lounge, on the corner of Lord Street and Nevill Street, opened earlier this year.
The new Korean restaurant is situated within the 509-515 Lord Street development, which was completed last year in an impressive £1 million restoration project by local firm Ironshore Global.
The firm spent a year redeveloping the four-storey site, which stands on the corner of Lord Street and Bold Street, with the ambition of creating two new commercial units and nine new luxury apartments above.
The other commercial unit was occupied earlier this year by SEP Insurance Services Ltd.
The project has been supported by the Southport Townscape Heritage Project, English Heritage, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Sefton Council, Southport BID and others.
The planning application for the Korean Kitchen restaurant was submitted by Keith Swain of Keith Swain Design, who wrote: “The owner is fully trained and experienced at running this type of business and is clearly aware of all the requirements necessary for such an enterprise.
“The restaurant will have up to 44 covers.
“The proposals have been designed to return the ground floor of the building to active use, whilst safeguarding the significant feature of its shop frontage, ensuring minimum impact on the character and exterior of the listed building.
“The business will enhance both the listed asset and the Lord Street Conservation Area.
“It is crucial that Lord Street is able to maintain viable and sustainable uses for its ground floor level units to ensure historic buildings are utilised to their capacity and that they have a long-term sustainable future, compatible with their significance as listed assets.
“The proposal of a unique dining experience offered by an existing Southport business with an established customer base, will offer wider public benefit through the preservation of the ground floor as an active part of Lord Street.”