Lunya expands to new location
Liverpool’s Spanish-themed restaurant Lunya is relocating to a 5,500 sq ft site on the corner of College Lane and Hanover Street.
The family-run restaurant, bar and deli will move in October and will remain part of the Liverpool ONE area. Lunya is currently on College Lane, and its new location will be two doors down, opposite BBC Radio Merseyside. The new unit is 50% bigger than its current site, allowing a storage space to be run upstairs.
Liverpool ONE, the regeneration project managed by Grosvenor Europe, opened in 2008. Metis Real Estate and Cushman & Wakefield acted for Liverpool ONE, while Lunya dealt directly.
Alison Clegg, a director at Grosvenor Europe, said: “It is very satisfying to see the business outgrowing its current home and expanding into another great location within Liverpool ONE.”
The unit Lunya is moving into was previously occupied by Thai restaurant Busaba, which closed down in May after just one year of trading. Talks are ongoing for those interested in taking up the space Lunya will leave.
Founders Elaine and Peter Kinsella are investing £150,000 in the site, which they will lease for a minimum of 10 years, creating 10 additional jobs to bring their Liverpool team to 55 members of staff. The plan is for Lunya to close on Sunday 8 October to move equipment, furniture and stock, before reopening in the new location on Friday 13 October.
Co-founder Elaine Kinsella explained: “Although we and our customers love our existing site in Liverpool ONE, an opportunity arose with a new location offering all the extra space and facilities that was just too good to miss. We’re confident all of our many loyal customers will love it.”
Currently, the restaurant, bar and deli is spread across two floors. Wheelchair users are unable to access the first floor where most of the dining space is. The new upstairs space will become a storage, internet dispatch, and overflow and prep kitchen, while the bar, deli and restaurant will remain downstairs.
Peter Kinsella added: “Through the new warehouse, we will import the majority of our products direct from Spain ourselves to help manage the costs that have occurred with the increase in exchange rates post-Brexit.”
According to the Kinsellas, operating from one floor in the new location instead of two, will offer a more integrated dining, bar and deli room. After spending the past seven years at its current site, Lunya has grown to become the UK’s largest online Spanish food and drink deli.
Lunya won the Good Food Guide’s North West Restaurant of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and it also has a restaurant on Manchester’s Deansgate which opened in 2015.