Olé Olé Tapas to open larger restaurant at The Lawn

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Spanish-themed Olé Olé Tapas Bar and Restaurant will relocate to The Lawn in Lincoln later this year.

Proposals have been submitted for interior alterations to The Lawn in Lincoln ahead of plans for the new restaurant.

Olé Olé is relocating from its current eatery at 33 Bailgate to the larger premises due to high demand for its Spanish cuisine.

Stokes director Nick Peel outside The Lawn complex. Photo: Steve Smailes for CityX

Nick Peel, Director of R W Stokes, purchased The Lawn site on Union Road in 2016, before investing £1.5 million into the refurbishment of the Grade II listed building.

The building currently includes a cafe, theatre, function rooms, offices, a barista training centre and roastery.

Now, Stokes has submitted plans to the City of Lincoln Council for further alterations to the building, which includes a new disabled wc, alterations to the existing female wc and a new cellar.

This will enable Olé Olé to use a section of the building as a restaurant, which they will be moving to in coming months.

The Lawn was first built in 1820 and used as a psychiatric hospital. It was later owned by the City of Lincoln Council, which chose R W Stokes as the preferred bidder for the site in 2014.

It was officially sold by the council to RW Stokes and Sons in August 2016, one of four bidders for £1 million, despite the original £2 million asking price.

Stokes received support from the regional growth fund for The Lawn which is operated through the Lincolnshire chamber of commerce and Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, managed through Lincolnshire County Council.

A spokesperson for Olé Olé Tapas told CityX: “We are excited to announce that the Olé Olé Tapas family will be relocating to The Lawn within the next couple of months.

“This is due to high demands in our current location.

“The Lawn will grant us with a larger space for a new vibrant bar and much bigger kitchen, which will allow us to cater for the current high demand.”

A planning committee at the City of Lincoln Council will discuss plans for the internal alterations at The Lawn at a later date.