Caribbean restaurant and bar Turtle Bay will be bringing trademark jerk spices, sunshine-inspired cocktails and island spirit to Sheffield – and creating 50 jobs – when it opens in June.
An £800k investment in the former National Union of Miners (NUM) building on Holly Street will see the transformation of a 4,200 sq ft site into a 172-seater restaurant set across two floors – 142 on the ground floor and a further 30 on a cosy mezzanine floor, offering great views across to the legendary music venue, Sheffield City Hall.
A spokesperson said: “Located in the former NUM building, the restaurant is taking over a building that has always been close to the hearts of the people of Sheffield, and its transformation into Turtle Bay will bring some Caribbean warmth and sunshine to the ‘Steel City’.
“Welcoming and sociable, Turtle Bay on Holly Street will have its own bespoke design, making it unique to Sheffield.
“One of Turtle Bay’s most ambitious transformations, the restaurant will be a contemporary and smart take on the Caribbean, featuring an open street kitchen and an impressive island beach bar.
“Turtle Bay is all about celebrating the lively, colourful and delicious experiences that the Caribbean has to offer – from rich and explosive flavours to laid back ‘liming’.
“Food is at the heart of the Turtle Bay experience – just as it’s central to the heart and soul of Caribbean culture. The restaurant offers a vast choice of delicious dishes with bold flavours all inspired by the laid-back, social outlook of the Caribbean. The menu is meticulously researched and lovingly created.
“Turtle Bay’s signature dishes include their famous jerk chicken and curry goat, but there’s plenty for all palates to choose from including a burger menu, salad selection and a great collection of dishes for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diners.
“Then there’s the cocktails – the Turtle Bay beach shack bar experience is spectacular, featuring more than 40 hand-picked Caribbean rums. Sheffield diners can expect a vibrant, quirky, beach-shack-inspired ray of sunshine of a restaurant!”
The restaurant will open on 3 June.