Family firm investing £200k in Olé Olé expansion

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The owners of Olé Olé Tapas Bar have ensured that the core family values and quirky feel of the original Spanish-themed restaurant will remain as it works on investing £200,000 into its new location at The Lawn.

As previously reported, Olé Olé Tapas Bar and Restaurant will relocate from its current eatery at 33 Bailgate to the larger premises owned by Stokes on Union Road due to high demand for its Spanish cuisine.

The new restaurant will include a larger kitchen and wine cellar, as well as an outdoor seating area and room inside for around 100 covers.

The company currently has a restaurant at 33 Bailgate. Photo: Visit Lincoln

This move will also create around 6-8 new jobs in the area.

With plans of opening in early September, the business says the family values and good food that everyone loves will remain.

In an exclusive interview with CityX, Amador Abruneiras, joint owner and general manager said: “It has been a hard decision to make, as the original Olé Olé venue has given us a lot of happy moments for our family and also the guests and customers that have joined us over the last five years.

“We were previously thinking of doing an extension to meet demand, however we saw that was not quite possible and then this place became available and we thought this could be the right place for us.

Amador Abruneiras

“Nothing is going to change in the core of the business. It is the same family, the same chefs, just a new location.

“We are going to try and make it cosy, as one thing that the original Olé Olé had that we want to bring with us is the quirkiness and the uniqueness of it that people love.

“We are looking to do different things in the decor to ensure the quirkiness is brought here and people will feel that they are at a home from home.

The family opened the business on the Bailgate five years ago. Photo: Steve Smailes for CityX

“The kitchen staff have been fantastic for the last five years, they have been extremely patient and they have been struggling for a while with the size of the kitchen and the demand. This new location will have a big kitchen for them to work in.

“In stage one of our plans we are going to have around 100 covers in the indoor area and then an outside area that will accommodate around 30-40 people.

“In stage two, in a couple of years time, we have planning permission for a conservatory that can extent the restaurant with another 40 covers.

“We are very excited about this new project.”