A DERELICT restaurant could be set to re-open – with its party area transformed into a new block of flats.
St Annes’ once popular Italian restaurant Mammas Too closed its doors earlier this year, and the large town centre building in St Andrews Road South has been empty ever since.
But now a developer has lodged plans to transform the first-floor – which once housed the restaurant’s function room – into five apartments in a bid to make a new restaurant financially viable.
It is a move which has been welcomed by John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade.
He said: “It was a big building which became vacant and it was part of St Annes.
“I’m not sure what the restaurant is going to be but I’m led to believe there will be extensive refurbishment.
“It was always a lovely venue and if the flats are a way of making the venue affordable that’s fine with me, as most of the road is houses of multiple occupancy.”
The planning application, lodged with Fylde Council by Flintshire-based Nest Enterprises Ltd, states: “The prospective (restaurant) owner is not planning to use this space and given the current economic climate and housing shortage, it is proposed this space should be converted for residential units.
“This would make the restaurant more manageable.”
No application is needed to re-open the restaurant.
The flats plan will be decided by the council’s planning committee.