£1m makeover underway to transform Preston restaurant

INVESTMENT: Carlo Bragagnini at Angelos restaurant in Avenham Street, Preston
INVESTMENT: Carlo Bragagnini at Angelos restaurant in Avenham Street, Preston
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Doors will soon be opening on a £1m overhaul of a popular city centre restaurant.

Angelos in Avenham Street has been closed since March while it is given a “floor to ceiling” makeover, including what the owners believe is the largest display fridge in the North.

Angelo's restaurant in Preston during major refurbishment

Angelo's restaurant in Preston during major refurbishment

“It’s very exciting”, said Carlo Bragagnini, director of the San Marco Group. “When we do something, we do it properly”.

The Bragagnini family have owned the Italian restaurant since 1987, and opened bar and tapas restaurant Stratos next door in 2012.

Carlo said: “Angelo’s was given a minor facelift three or four years ago, but we wanted to bring it up to the standard of Stratos. We’ve invested heavily, and after this, the place shouldn’t need anything more than a lick of paint for the next 10 to 15 years.”

The makeover - to be unveiled later this month or in early August - includes a new bar, tiles from Italy, a new all-electrical kitchen, glass work, striking Lamborghini orange paint in the kitchen and a floor-to-ceiling fridge.

Carlo added: “It’s still the same restaurant that people love, but not a screw has gone untouched. The layout is similar but we have more room for tables and it will have a more contemporary feel”

With more room, Carlo anticipates more covers and recruitment will be taking place for more full and part time positions.

And it’s not the only work the group is looking to complete - a new high-end nightclub could soon be opening above Angelos and Stratos.

Carlo said: “There’s a lot of empty space up there and Preston is lacking a high-end venue for the over 25s. It’s also going back to the family’s roots - my grandma used to run nightclubs in Preston 50 years ago.”