A bright future in cafe quarter

Re-opening of Tiggis, Wood Street, St Annes. Romano Ruscitti.
Re-opening of Tiggis, Wood Street, St Annes. Romano Ruscitti.
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HOPES are high that a new deal will see the long-term future of a St Annes restaurant secured.

And the people behind Tiggis, in Wood Street, believe a deal will also help rejuvenate the area.

Henco International has secured the Tiggis site, including the former Joya nightclub and bar in front of it, after years of uncertainty over the buildings’ future.

The Tiggis group collapsed into administration in January 2010.

Later that year, Tiggis’ former management team took the restaurant back on, but with just one-year leases on offer from administrator KPMG.

Talks are now ongoing with Tiggis owner Romano Ruscitti, (right) about an extended lease for the popular restaurant.

Romano, whose association with the Wood Street restaurant goes back 30 years, said: “Hopefully we will get a long lease if it all works out.

“And that will be good for everyone in St Annes if it goes ahead.

“It will help bring some life back into St Annes if we get people back into all of these buildings.”

Tiggis opened in 1981 with space for more than 200 diners. In 2004 Joya opened but was rebranded at 21T following a £250,000 makeover. It soon closed its doors as well.

Christopher Hibbert, a director at Henco, said: “Romano is in the back part of the building, so the front part of the building is now up for grabs.

“We’ve got the building now so Tiggis is secure – Romano should be able to make long-term plans for the restaurant which is good news for him, and the whole town.

“Now, we‘re looking at people to join him and make the entire building a highlight in St Annes once again.”

Work is currently being undertaken on Wood Street to further enhance the tow’s cafe quarter ahead of The Open golf at Royal Lytham and St Annes this year.

And Travelodge bosses are hoping their new hotel – above Marks & Spencer – will be open in the nesxt few months

Arnold Sumner of St Annes Chamber of Trade said: “It’s been held in suspense and we’ve all been watching, wondering what’s going to happen to it.

“It’s a superb building and we hope it won’t be too long before they find some good tenants and make a success of it.

“Once it gets up and running, it will be a big boost to the town as a whole.”

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