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Liverpool's largest ever Chinese restaurant to open in 2013

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One of the final spaces available as part of Liverpool's major £1 billion leisure development Liverpool One is to be taken up by a Chinese eatery expected to be the biggest ever opened in the city.

Interestingly, the site formerly hosted Liverpool's first ever Chinese restaurant, the Golden Phoenix. Opened in the 1960s, the establishment was demolished in 2009 as Liverpool One developers Grosvenor made space for more retail and hospitality operators.

Now the site will be refitted with kitchen equipment by Tai Wu, which is opening a 22,000 sq ft restaurant in the Hanover Street premises.

The new development is called the Beat and will also feature a 198-bed Premier Inn hotel, marking a further expansion of the Liverpool One complex.

Guy Butler, projects director at Grosvenor Developments, said: "Following on from the recent news of the student accommodation scheme being developed by Portside House, this is great news for Hanover Street and the Beat."

He described the company as being "thrilled" with their new leaseholders, claiming that the project will set a positive tone for the rest of the site.

The first Tai Wu, which is part of oriental restaurant chain Tai Pan, was based in Manchester. The company also owns four outlets in Middlesex.

Space remains at the Liverpool One complex for several more restaurants, further boosting hospitality and leisure trade in the city.

Known as one of the most important redevelopment of Liverpool's city centre for over 40 years, the project has helped underline the area's reputation as one of Europe's most vibrant urban areas.

It opened in 2008 and is expected to act as a catalyst for further regeneration projects in the city, having delivered roughly 30 buildings from 26 different architects and won numerous awards for design and sustainability.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801477912-ADNFCR

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