Lyceum set to house big-name restaurants.
THE owner of Liverpool landmark The Lyceum says the historic building will house "household name" restaurants.
The stunning former library has been largely empty for some time and has been linked with chicken chain Nando's. Its last tenant, the Co-operative Bank, left in April.
John Doyle, director at owner Panther Securities, says talks are ongoing with well-known food and drink brands - though he wouldn't be drawn on which brands they were.
The building is likely to be split between two or more tenants. Mr Doyle is confident that, once one household name signs up, more will follow - and is hopeful a deal will be struck "soon".
He said: "If we get one household name to take part of the property, we think there will be a boost not just in footfall but also in terms of attracting other traders to the building.
"Once we get one big name, the rest will follow pretty quickly. It's getting the first one involved there.
"We've been patient this far. We want the right tenant. Once we do, the rest will come."
The Lyceum was opened in 1802 as home to England's first subscription library and was home to the Lyceum Gentleman's Club for many years. It was threatened with demolition in the 1960s, but was saved after an outcry from heritage campaigners.
The Post Office at the Lyceum closed in 2004 and other businesses, including Prohibition bar, have also come and gone.
Mr Doyle said the companies Panther has been speaking to include "food or food-related leisure operations" such as restaurants.
And he says that Bold Street's transformation into a food and drink hotspot has made the Lyceum a more attractive option for potential tenants.
The Lyceum, on Bold Street