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12 March 2014

Truro burger bar to expand into boat

A Truro city centre site which has lain vacant and unused for years is set to be brought back to life, thanks to the success of a pop-up restaurant.

Pop up burger bar Hub-Box opened in December 2012 in a shipping container on Truro’s Lemon Quay on a temporary basis, but has been there ever since after winning legions of fans.

Plenty of visitors to our holiday cottages Cornwall over the past few years have grabbed a burger there and to our knowledge none have been disappointed.

Which is why we’re really pleased to hear about Cornwall Council’s decision to allow Hub-Box to extend into the long empty Compton Castle boat.

The boat was first brought to Truro in 1982, but was in a pretty sorry state. Once it was refurbished it stayed moored at Lemon Quay and served as a restaurant and florists, before shutting down, seemingly for good, in the mid noughties.

But it’ll get a new lease of life now, with Hub-Box set to site another shipping container next to it and expand into the boat – which will also be home to a few other businesses, possibly including a barber and a clothes shop.

Hub box owner Richard Boon, who also owns a branch of the restaurant in Exeter, said he was really excited at the prospect of expanding and bringing the boat back to life. 

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