A new and innovative food business is springing up in Kirkgate in Bradford city centre thanks to Bradford Council’s incentives.
Gustoso will produce healthy, convenient food such as salads, pasta and warm noodle dishes in premises close to the Kirkgate shopping centre.
The owner, Alesha Akbar, is receiving a capital grant from the Council through the Council’s new Priority Streets Scheme. It will pay for a new shop front, kitchen equipment and refrigeration equipment, display units, etc.
The Priority Streets Scheme offers grants of up to 50% of the cost of the cost of improvements and equipment, up to a maximum of £141,000 to traders willing to take on an empty shop if five key streets – Darley Street, Kirkgate, Ivegate, Rawson Square and Rawson Place.
Mrs Akbar said: “We’re delighted to be able to start up this new cafe in Bradford and hope it will become popular with office and retail workers, students and shoppers.
“The incentives offered through the City Centre Growth Zone scheme have made a real difference.”
Bradford Council Leader, Coun David Green, said: “A new cafe will add to the mix at the top end of the city, giving visitors more options as to where to eat out. It’s good to see more independent businesses flourishing.”