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The Birmingham office of agent Christie & Co has sold the former Café Puccino's premises at 12 Bennett's Hill, Birmingham, to the Pearl Hotels...

The Birmingham office of agent Christie & Co has sold the former Café Puccino's premises at 12 Bennett's Hill, Birmingham, to the Pearl Hotels & Restaurant Group, which is extending its award-winning Indian restaurant concept ­ Coconut Lagoon. The Pearl Hotel & Restaurant Group opened its first Coconut Lagoon restaurant in Kenilworth in November 1998 and has since opened in Stratford-upon-Avon (where the group is based), London and now Birmingham (the latest venue opened on 23 October). Coconut Lagoon achieved the distinction of becoming one of the top five Indian Restaurants in the UK and Best in the Midlands 2003/4 in Pat Chapman's Good Curry Guide. It also recently featured on BBC's Saturday Kitchen Live with Anthony Worrall Thompson and Madhur Jaffrey. Gavin Wright of Christie & Co, said: "We were instructed by Puccino's, the franchise coffee bar company, to market its premises in the heart of Birmingham, which had traded for approximately twelve months. "Bennett's Hill leads directly onto New Street ­ on the city's busiest shopping area ­ and was recognised by the Pearl Hotels & Restaurant Group as a prime location for Coconut Lagoon." Offers were invited for the leasehold premises, which sold for an undisclosed figure.

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