Birmingham chef lodges plan to build boutique hotel armed with strong independent spirit


Birmingham chef Aktar Islam is bidding to open and operate a new boutique hotel in the city centre in the home of a former nightclub.

Plans have been submitted to transform a series of units at 33-61 Summer Row, on the cusp of the Jewellery Quarter, into a 52-bedroom hotel.

Islam is working with the landlord to bring the new project to fruition, which if given the green lioght will be open by the end of 2019.

Story continues below

The space is currently home to Mechu nightclub and vacant offices, while the former Texan Roadhouse bar will be transformed into a high-end restaurant.

Last year, Islam opened Indian restaurant Opheem and Italian venue Legna in Summer Row.

He told BirminghamLive: “We will be operating the hotel ourselves as we don’t want any chains in there and we believe in independents.

“They will both be very high end and boutique – all will be revealed in time about what type of restaurant it will be but it will be in keeping with my brand.”

The buildings have been undergoing a transformation in recent years, led by landlord FSK Group after their previous owner Town and Country Inns fell into administration in November 2016.

Islam was previously chef director at the Lasan group, but left in 2017.

Tags : Birminghamchefjewellery quarternew hotel
Zoe Monk

The author Zoe Monk

Leave a Response