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Mediterranean flavours to spice up restaurant scene

Something different: Owners of the Olive Tree Brasserie, inset, want to set up a restaurant at Pestons Miller Arcade

Something different: Owners of the Olive Tree Brasserie, inset, want to set up a restaurant at Pestons Miller Arcade

A greek and Mediterranean restaurant is set to open its doors in Preston’s Miller Arcade.

Owners of the Olive Tree Brasserie in Lytham hope to extend their business to Preston, bringing something “completely different” to the city.

And if plans to convert part of the city centre building are given the go-ahead, bosses hope the “upmarket” restaurant will be open to customers by the autumn.

Owner Dean Wilson, who has run the Lytham business for nearly seven years, said: “I’ve been looking for a while and I’ve finally found the right venue.

“It’s a Greek and Mediterranean upmarket restaurant and bar.”

He said it would be similar to the Fylde restaurant but with its “own identity”, with a cocktail bar downstairs and seating upstairs with a restaurant and open kitchen.

Dean, 28, said he was aiming for a “rustic, modern design” in the former Voi clothing unit of the arcade.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it.

“There’s nothing like it at all, we offer a completely different menu and atmosphere.

“People will realise when they come that what they are getting is different to other venues.

“We use a lot of local produce and everything is made fresh.”

Dean said he hoped the restaurant would be open at the start of October, but said bookings would be taken before then.

The restaurant is due to be open seven days a week, including bank holidays, if the conversion proposals are approved.

Plans were submitted with Preston Council for a change of use from a retail shop to a restaurant, and the use of the pavement to provide seating.

Listed building consent was also applied for to make internal alterations.

A decision is due to be made under delegated powers.

 

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