Grand plans for a luxury Indian restaurant in Hull city centre appear to have been shelved after its "lease was forfeited".

Arisi was hit by numerous delays having originally been expected to open last year. Now, a notice put up on its door now suggests it won't be happening soon.

The restaurant's owner had plans to bring the "best ingredients and stunning flavours" to the city as part of the £7m K2 development, which is otherwise going from strength to strength.

The original plan had been to open its doors during the summer of 2018 but work had to be postponed amid plans by K2 bosses to install a new car park.

Those plans were then abandoned meaning work could begin once again, before they realised they had no access to gas - something vital for the restaurant business.

Sham Alom outside the K2 development after announcing his plans to open the restaurant
Sham Alom outside the K2 development after announcing his plans to open the restaurant

The large front windows were whitewashed as work continued before setting sights on an opening before May this year.

However, another six months has since passed by.

It now appears Arisi will not be opening at all after K2 bosses waded in, confirming they have "forfeited" the lease on the unit.

Part of the notice says: "The lease was forfeited on 20th November 2019 by way of peaceable re-entry.

"As at the time the lease was forfeited, various items were contained within the property which are not detailed as being property of the landlord. These goods remain in the property.

The notice was attached to the front door of the restaurant
The notice was attached to the front door of the restaurant

"Any goods that belong to you are available for collection from the property and should be collected forthwith. Should you wish to collect the goods, contact the landlords office.

"We shall take sell or dispose of such goods as we see fit. The sale/disposal of any goods to take place on or after the 21st of December 2019."

Speaking last year, one of the owners Sham Alom, described how he wanted to provide something different for the customers of Hull, while explaining the thought process behind a big decision.

“No takeaway at all. If you sit in our restaurant and don’t manage to finish it, we’ll quite happily bag it up for you," he said.

"I want to take it back to a restaurant being a restaurant. We should only be focused on the people that are dining. You can’t give them 100 per cent and I know that from experience.

“You can’t just put fine dining at the end of your restaurant and give standard service.

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“My thing is, we don’t eat this at home. That’s always been my biggest question. If we’re not eating this stuff at home, why are we selling it? It’s not authentic. I’d really like to be selling things that I actually eat.

“This is why Indian restaurants are struggling – because they’re all the same."

Mr Alom had hoped to recruit between 14 and 20 members of staff, many of whom would have been on part-time contracts.

The Arisi boss also used to own Rumi's, a popular Indian restaurant in Beverley, before it suddenly shut after amassing debts of more than £100,000 to creditors.

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