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Toilets to become 1m restaurant

Carrington Street toilets
The toilets were built in the 19th Century

A budding restaurateur is planning to spend 1m on turning a block of toilets into a bistro in Nottingham.

Umar Jaspal bought the former public toilets on Carrington Street for about 500,000 and intends to spend a further 500,000 renovating the building.

Mr Jaspal said he "fell in love with the building" while on a visit to the city and saw it was for sale.

The building was originally built as a facility for people working on the Nottingham Canal in about 1840.

"It's the character of the building that attracted me," said Mr Jaspal.

"We are putting in a state-of-the-art fast food restaurant and the area that faces Carrington Street will be the restaurant area.

"It's a beautiful site and to get that in a city centre is a privilege."

The renovation work is under way but it is not yet known when the restaurant will open.

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