More than 50 jobs have been created by the opening of a new restaurant in Blackpool.
The part time and full time roles were created when The Chinese Buffet opened its doors to customers on Church Street.
A total of 48 jobs were on offer when the restaurant opened but business has been so brisk more staff have had to be taken on.
This week it had its official opening performed by Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden.
The traditional Chinese Lion Dance was performed at the opening which is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity to the venue and the town.
Since the Blackpool restaurant first opened its doors, bosses say business has exceeded all expectations and local diners have welcomed this addition to the town’s dining and entertainment scene.
Peter Wu, managing director of The Chinese Buffet, said he was delighted to have a restaurant in Blackpool and to be able to create so many much needed jobs.
He said: “We’re really excited to open in Blackpool, given its unique culture and we wanted to bring to the town exceptional buffet style food in unique, high quality surroundings”.
The Bolton based restaurant group, The Chinese Buffet is well on its way to achieving grand ambitions of being the biggest Chinese restaurant chain in the country.
Blackpool becomes their ninth venue in the North West with a Bury restaurant due to open in November.
The business is the creation of Bolton entrepreneur Peter Wu, who launched his first restaurant in Bolton in 2006 having identified a niche for providing authentic Chinese food, adapted for the English market, presented in an all you can eat buffet style.
The Chinese Buffet employs over 300 staff.