As we know, it’s all change at the Corn Exchange, as the former shopping centre looks to become a food and drink venue, with a boutique hotel taking up the top two floors.

New owners propose radical changes to the building’s fabric with £15m planned investment.

Simon Green, spokesman for building owners Aviva Investors said: “We have ambitious plans for this incredible building – plans that are supported by a clear vision.

“The refurbished Corn Exchange will provide an environment where the best regional and independent food outlets can flourish in this incredible building – a gastronomic exchange featuring at least a dozen new restaurants and independent food retail outlets.”

The latest noise coming out of the now-closed centre is that they have around 10 restaurant operators signed up for the 16 vacant units – and ILM hears Soho-based Burger and Lobster and Clerkenwell’s Vietnamese café concept Pho are among them.

Over at Spinningfields, Spanish restaurant Iberica is the latest operator to be linked to the now vacant All Saints unit, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill has finalised terms on the old Ted Baker unit and the former Monsoon unit on King Street has also caught the eye of an as-yet unnamed restaurant operator.

Keep ’em coming we say.

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