Caribbean restaurant set to open in heart of the city

Building work at Crystal House in Preston, which will soon be a restaurant called Turtle Bay
Building work at Crystal House in Preston, which will soon be a restaurant called Turtle Bay
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A Caribbean restaurant looks set to open in Preston city centre, it has emerged.

Bosses behind popular food chain Turtle Bay have submitted premise licensing documents to Preston Council to open the eatery in Crystal House on Cheapside close to the Flag Market.

The company, which has a number of restaurants across the country, has also started advertising for staff to work at the venue.

Work on the building has been underway for a number of months and in September last year the Evening Post reported that a charity shop which had been based in the building for 20 years was moving out.

It came after plans were lodged to change the six units in the building into one larger unit.

Details on when the restaurant could open its doors have not yet been revealed but licensing documents show that the chain wants to open from 10am until midnight on from Sunday to Thursday and until 1am on a Friday and a Saturday.

The company also states in the licensing application that it would play recorded music and sell alcohol during the same hours.

Town centre Councillor Drew Gale said the new restaurant would be “more than welcome.”

He added: “I’m always happy to welcome new businesses into the city centre, it helps with the local economy and jobs.”

According to its website Turtle Bay aims to “capture the heart and soul of the Caribbean.”

The food chain already has restaurants in Milton Keynes, Southampton, Bristol, Leicester, Leamington Spa, Birmingham and Nottingham.

The Licensing application can be viewed at the Town Hall or online at Comments can be made until Monday.

Turtle Bay was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.