A tennis centre with several courts, changing rooms and café wants to build Parashkev Dimitrov – a businessman interested in the sport and main sponsor of the Vitosha Cup Tennis Tournament. The complex will be located in Shemshevo, just some 6 km away from Veliko Tarnovo and will span over 6000 sqm. The entrepreneur has already lodged his project at the local authorities for approval. The Mayor of Shemshevo has given a favourable opinion on Dimitrov’s request, offering the most suitable place for it to be built – the terrain east of the village stadium. Veliko Tarnovo Municipal Council must approve the investment before it can be realized.
The Veliko Tarnovo based restaurant Shtastliveca was nominated in European Cuisine Category for the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards™. The posh restaurant also has branches in Sofia and Stara Zagora. It is the first time the World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ set foot in Bulgaria and only one more restaurant in the country received a nomination – Secret by Chef Petrov (https://www.facebook.com/Secret-by-Chef-Petrov-Sofia-191216524604017/).
Here are some excerpts highlighting the idea behind the high appraisal and some key features about the restaurant from the official World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ site:
Translated from Bulgarian “Shtastliveca” means “The Lucky One”, and is a nickname of one of the most famous Bulgarian novel writers who lived at the end of 19th Century – Aleko Konstantinov. The interior design of the restaurant is inspired by urban home style which was popular in the 30’s of the 19th Century. The rich menu offers a choice of authentic European and interpretations of Bulgarian national cuisine. A fresh lunch menu is available for each day of the week and for each seasonal menu products are carefully selected which are typical for the particular season. Shtastliveca Restaurant is all about feeling at home, as well as experiencing a collection of flavours and aromas for each season and taste.
The World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ aims to highlight special features of restaurants, thereby increasing competition globally and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the luxury restaurant industry.
Luxury Restaurants are selected for nomination based on the following criteria:
- interior design to a high standard– the seating area and table decoration should reflect a smart/stylish atmosphere
- good quality food, to the standard of haute cuisine – chefs must serve food with excellent presentation, showing attention to detail
- excellent service reviews– the restaurant should have positive reviews and be well recommended for excellent service.
Just a quick reminder that from today (1st February) you can pay your property and waste management tax and/or your vehicle tax for 2017. If you choose to pay your due taxes before 30th April you will be entitled to a 5% discount.
Very soon cricket fans in Bulgaria and mainly Veliko Tarnovo – Gabrovo area will have a place where they can hold competitions and coaching seminars and of course practice their favourite sport. The cricket centre will be located 10 km from the centre of Gabrovo, along the Gabrovo – Sevlievo road, under the Winding Wall Ancient Fortress.
The place will span over 20,000 sqm. The first stage of the stadium construction has started but more work is needed – the installation of the irrigation system, seeding of the field, completion of the stands and locker rooms. Hopes are high that the first official match and the grand opening will happen in July 2017.
Kaufland Hypermarket Chain bought the unfinished surgical unit of the Veliko Tarnovo Hospital at an auction for 5.8 million leva. This solves one of the biggest problems of the town as to how to utilize the building and how to deal with the swamp which formed around it because of the faulty plumbing system. The unsightly edifice will be demolished and the wetlands dried out by the company. The plot has excellent location and spans over 18,900 sqm. It is bordering two of the streets with heaviest traffic in Veliko Tarnovo – Krakov and Nikola Gabrovski; the main road Sofia – Varna also passes nearby.
The Veliko Tarnovo branch will open in 2018, according to Dimitar Spasov, CEO of Kaufland Bulgaria. The store will cover about 3,000 sqm and it is expected that around 150 employees will work there.
The 5.8 million leva will be used to fund the construction of a new hospital wing at the site of the so-called New Hospital (which is right next to the now sold plot). The 2 buildings will be connected by a walkway. The new edifice will acommodate the units currently ‘housed’ at the Old Hospital which is located in Varusha Neighbourhood (Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Neonatal Care, Skin & STDs and Psychiatric Departments).
Veliko Tarnovo is the place hosting the largest number of buildings/monuments of cultural heritage significance in the Balkans. The number of these buildings in the old capital is 1580. That was announced yesterday at the National Assembly by Veliko Tarnovo MP Evgeni Stoev during the debates on the adoption of the second reading of amendments to the Law on Cultural Heritage. The Parliament decided to create six regional centres that will have the powers of the National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage (NIICH). This will overcome delays as currently NIICH takes too much time to deal with issues or process a request – far beyond the statutory deadline. This caused many problems for citizens and the local authorities even at times when emergency actions had to be undertaken. This is one of the reasons Veliko Tarnovo lost several unique houses-monuments that collapsed waiting for the NIICH decisions. Veliko Tarnovo The new unit will be able to grant permission and to provide certifications for repairs or strengthening of monuments and buildings of cultural heritage significance located locally.
The routes for the two highways that will pass near Veliko Tarnovo are already clear, the local newspaper Borba announced. Officially Hemus Motorway will run north of Polikraishte, about 13-14 km from the old capital. There will also be a large road junction where Hemus intersects the planned highway between Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo. The Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Highway is to cross the current Sofia – Varna main arterial road near the village of Momin Sbor.
Hemus Motorway is to enter Veliko Tarnovo area near the village of Varbovka (close to Pavlikeni) and will go south to Mihaltsi. It will pass near Lesicheri, Dichin, Vodoley and will reach Polikraishte; it will then continue in the direction of Sushitsa and Gorski Senovets and all the way to Belokopitovo and Shumen.
The Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Highway is to be constructed at the same time. The selected route will run north of Byala and north of Polski Trambesh near the village of Obedinenie and towards Momin Sbor and Ledenik and then straight to Debelets. Its construction begins next year.
The property market was quick to react to the news. The first deals for plots of land near the planned routes are already underway. A boom in property prices along the highways is also to be expected.