A building that was once home to the city’s most notorious restaurant has been put up for sale – for almost £400,000.
China House in Aqueduct Street, Preston, hit the headlines earlier this year after fire experts revealed an explosive cocktail of leaking gas and botched electrical wiring turned the restaurant into a ticking timebomb, capable of flattening a residential neighbourhood.
The restaurant, formerly the Lime Kiln pub, was branded a ‘death trap’ and had its licence revoked at the end of a marathon nine-hour hearing at the Town Hall.
But despite being ordered to close its doors, bosses at the venue refused to – with police, fire and council chiefs powerless to intervene.
The venue, which was branded the “most problematic” of all the city’s 450 licensed premises, closed its doors to customers earlier this year and is now up for sale.
An online advert on an estate agency website said the building was up for sale for £399,999.
The advert reads: “Imana Estates are delighted to present to the market a popular Chinese restaurant, karaoke bar and residential building located in the heart of Preston’s student area, only a few minutes walk away from the City Campus. It is conveniently situated a few metres off from the busy Aqueduct Street so that it benefits from being in a prominent location but without as much associated noise pollution.
“The property in brief consists of a 72 diner restaurant area with split seating arrangements including a partitioned area for large groups , bay seating around the edges and a mixture of two seater, four seater and eight plus seater positions.
“The restaurant has a contemporary decor with east Asian designs aspects and features a lit up bar in front of the kitchen area.
“The first and second floors house a karaoke bar and residential space that currently accommodates many of the China House staff.
“Located on the site of the former Lime Kiln public house, the building only is for sale. Price excluding VAT.”