Restaurants boost town centre trade

Exterior of the revamped Harry Ramsden's on Blackpool promenade.
Exterior of the revamped Harry Ramsden's on Blackpool promenade.
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Foodies are set to get their taste buds tickled thanks to a surge of investment in restaurants in Blackpool town centre.

A new fish and chip restaurant is hoping to open alongside the Winter Gardens in Church Street, while the resort’s existing Harry Ramsden’s on the Promenade is set to be extended.

Meanwhile work is underway to convert the former JJB Sports store on Church Street into an Asian-style eaterie, while there will be a further culinary boost when the Basrai World Buffet moves into one of the ground floor units in the Talbot Road multi-
storey car park.

Blackpool Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) manager Eileen Ormand said: “Blackpool is becoming firmly established as a ‘foodie’ town and these new restaurants are very welcome and will increase the food offer into the town centre even further.

“A bigger variety of restaurants with a wider choice of food will give people even more reasons to come into Blackpool town centre in the evenings.”

Plans for both the fish and chip schemes have been submitted to the council.

Robert Newman, of St Annes-based RDJ Creative, who is the agent for the Church Street scheme, said: “The developer is proposing to make a significant investment in order to create a high quality fish and chip restaurant which will have the capacity to seat around 100 people.

“They are locally based and are looking to extend their brand in the town.”

The developer, who has not been named, is hoping to open the restaurant around July time if the planning application is approved.

The eaterie will occupy the ground floor and basement, and outside seating is also 

Harry Ramsden’s is proposing to refurbish and increase capacity from 153 covers to 165 by taking over an adjacent unit on the Promenade.

A planning brief accompanying the application says: “Similar projects undertaken in locations such as Bournemouth have resulted in increased profitability and positive feedback from locals and visitors alike.”

Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration, welcomed the news, adding: “Bringing more than a thousand extra workers into the town centre through the Talbot Gateway Central Business District is key to stimulating investment like this.

“Creating a huge increase in footfall will give the town a huge boost in terms of attracting new businesses.

“We’ve also got Mamma Mia coming this summer too which is bound to be good news for local food and drink outlets.”