Hub Box burger bar on Lemon Quay plans to expand
A burger bar in an industrial container in the centre of Truro could have a battle on its hands over plans to expand.
The Hub Box set up shop in Lemon Quay in 2012 and has won legions of fans while also causing concerns regarding the smell of cooking permeating the public space.
Now the restaurant wants to add a second industrial container and explore the possibility of using the Compton Castle boat which has lain empty for years.
Based on the existing temporary use the restaurant said it would hope to employ nine full-time and two part-time staff at the Lemon Quay site.
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Cornwall Council will make the final decision on whether or not to grant planning permission but Truro City Council has made its objections clear.
Alex Towill, head chef at the restaurant, said: “I think what we are doing on that site is really positive.
“We would love it to be a community-based area people can go and enjoy.”
The plans state the two restaurant containers would be positioned at right angles to each other with a canopy between them.
The Hub Box owners said the scheme would make it viable to carry out substantial permanent improvements to the quay.
The planning application states: “Within the main area of the site it is proposed to tidy up the edge of the quay by removing all the existing timber posts and continue the nautical style railings across the whole river frontage.”
Wherever possible planting would be provided behind the railings on the top of the bank.
A new extraction system would also be put in place as part of the plans.
The people behind the project said it would be too much of a financial risk to immediately set up a permanent restaurant within the boat because of the high cost of installing a kitchen, cold room and other services. But they would like to see the boat being used for temporary shops.
Truro City Council members unanimously opposed the plans and said Lemon Quay was “an inappropriate location for this type of food outlet” and that “this type of development should be discouraged”.
In total the restaurant would be able to seat 32 people inside and 60 in outside areas.
The restaurant would be open from 11.30am until 10.30pm from Monday to Saturday and from 11.30am until 8pm on Sundays.