A popular riverside restaurant wants to build front and rear extensions for more dining booths and a meat smoker room viewable by the public.
Hickory’s Smokehouse Chester, at The Groves, has submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council to build a single storey extension at the front/side, adjacent to an existing dining area and another single storey extension at the rear to provide kitchen and food preparation areas.
There would also be modifications to the customer car park.
Although the building is based in a conservation area, the applicants consider the overall appearance of the building won’t be significantly altered.
An accompanying document states: “The philosophy behind the design of the side extension is primarily to improve the dining experience at the restaurant by way of providing additional dining booths which have proved popular with diners.
“The proposed extension to the rear will improve the efficiency of the food preparation and kitchen areas. As part of a general upgrade to the food preparation and kitchens, the new extension will create a dedicated meat smoker room.
“The extension, which will be clad with horizontal shiplap timber boards, incorporates a seamless glazed corner window to enable members of the general public to view this process.”
Hickory’s, which has restaurants in Chester, West Kirby and Rhos-on-Sea, was the brainchild of Neil McDonnell, who founded the business in 2010 following extensive research into the smokehouse sector in the US and his success in setting up Bar Lounge.
Last year Hickory’s, whose headquarters are at The Steam Mill in Chester, announced plans to open a further 10 restaurants over the next three to five years thanks to a £6m investment by Piper.
Hickory’s founder Neil McDonnell said at the time: “We are delighted to have selected Piper as our partner. I know we will benefit from their extensive knowledge and experience of the sector, and have already seen the value they can bring to bear so I am confident that together we will continue to build Hickory’s into a uniquely valuable business.”