£1m Blackpool restaurant is finally set to open

New restaurant Mr Basrai's World Cuisine is opening this week.  Pictured is Raghbir Basrai with son Rajbir Basrai.

New restaurant Mr Basrai's World Cuisine is opening this week. Pictured is Raghbir Basrai with son Rajbir Basrai.

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The doors are set to open this week on a £1m restaurant set to bring new life to the base of the Talbot Road car park.

The finishing touches are just being completed at the 300-seat Mr Basrai’s World Cuisine which aims to offer buffet and teppanyaki-style food for customers.

The new eatery will create 40 front of house jobs and a further 25 in the kitchens.

It occupies a 7,804sq ft unit at the flagship Talbot Gateway development which has been criticised for an initial lack of tenants for the development.

Owner Raghbir Basrai, who this week has been at the new restaurant to oversee the opening with his son Rajbir Basrai said the family was very excited to be opening in Blackpool.

He said: “This is a newly-developing area in Blackpool and we are delighted to be here to offer our food from all around the world.

“We have a proven and successful concept that offers customers traditional, authentic food at affordable prices and we are confident it will appeal to a wide market, including professionals, day trip shoppers, as well as families,groups of friends, visitors to Blackpool and holidaymakers.”

Established in 2011, Mr Basrai’s World Buffet restaurants are already located in Ayr and Edinburgh.

The Blackpool eaterie will have live cooking stations and enable customers to have anything from Indian and Japanese to roast dinners and pizzas.

Gavin Anderson, partner at Montagu Evans, the property consultancy who completed the deal, added: “Mr Basrai will be investing more than £1m on fitting out these premises, which are located perfectly to serve Talbot Gateway and wider town centre.”

The opening of the restaurant has been delayed.

Blackpool Council had hoped it would be ready for opening in the summer but the fitting out was put off until autumn.

Mr Basrai added: “We will be ready to open this week and we are just 
doing the finishing touches now.

“We were looking to expand our family business south from Scotland and Blackpool was the obvious choice with its high numbers of summer
 visitors and this wonderful location in the heart of
the town for local
 residents.”