Second steak house planned for city centre

The former Sports Lounge in King Street, in Peterborough city centre which could reopen as a steak house and wine bar

The former Sports Lounge in King Street, in Peterborough city centre which could reopen as a steak house and wine bar

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A steak house and grill looks set to breathe new life in a former bar which closed down earlier this year.

The XOXO Steak House, which will replace the Sports Lounge, in King Street, is expected to open in February.

After securing planning permission for new signage and outdoor seating, Sameer Bashir has taken on a 10 year lease on the venue.

Edward Gee, associate in the business space agency team at Savills Peterborough, which brokered the deal, said: “Situated in the heart of Peterborough city centre just moments from the prime restaurant area of Cathedral Square, the new business is set to benefit from the existing nearby retail and leisure offer. We are very pleased to have secured this deal on behalf of our client and we look forward to seeing this new restaurant open shortly.”

News of the XOXO restaurant comes weeks after it was revealed a £1million Middleton’s Steak House is planned for three units in Bridge vStreet, close to St Peter’s Arcade. A planning application for the change of use is currently with the city council, and is unlikely to open before late summer.