A new £1 million restaurant in Blackpool is taking bookings ready for its grand opening.
Las Iguanas, which specialises in Latin American food, is spending six figures renovating the former Burger King building, on the corner of Church Street and the promenade in the town centre.
Around 50 new staff members will serve diners at the 6,000sq ft venue from the middle of November.
Tables can now be booked online, with the restaurant due to open just weeks after the chain reveals its new autumn/winter menu.
A spokesman told The Gazette yesterday said: “We’re excited that we’ll be opening mid-November and the restaurant and bar are going to look amazing.
“We launch with a week of festivities, giveaways and special events and are already taking online bookings for our opening week as well as Christmas reservations from those who want to spice up their party with a Latin twist. “We’re now actively recruiting for chefs, waiters and bartenders to join the team.
“We think that Blackpool is a vibrant and exciting town and that residents and visitors alike will embrace something a little bit different to the hum drum.
“We’ll be bringing the fresh tastes, colours and beats of South America to town this autumn so look out for the arrival of a big slice of Latin magic.”
A planning application was submitted to Blackpool Council for changes to the front of the building, whose lower ground floor is occupied by Laser Quest, earlier this summer.
And it later emerged victorious from a battle with police over security concerns.
The force had wanted the venue to have doorstaff on duty amid concerns about the impact of the development on the town’s booze culture.
But a council licensing panel ruled the condition was not necessary and approved the application, which means customers can either have a drink in the restaurant or the bar area.
Blackpool’s chairman of licensing Coun Adrian Hutton said: “The proposal [was] for more of an upmarket restaurant and a cocktail bar and it is the sort of thing we want to attract to Blackpool rather than some of the less salubrious type of places.
“They have around 40 establishments across the country and they don’t seem to get any trouble.”
Founded in Bristol in 1991, Las Iguanas is expanding, with each new restaurant boasting unique features.