AN ITALIAN restaurant is preparing to open in Chester.
Grosvenor Estates has agreed to lease 38 Bridge Street to café, restaurant and food shop Carluccio’s.
The building used to house Yorkshire Bank and the deal is subject to planning permission for a change of use and listed building consent from Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) for the 7,500sq ft site.
Carluccio’s provides authentic Italian food, using fresh seasonal ingredients, many sourced direct from Italy, and is open all day for a cooked breakfast, morning coffee and light lunch to a shopping pit-stop or a three-course meal with wine in the evening.
Grosvenor Estate North West managing director Graham Ramsbottom said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement to bring Carluccio’s to Chester.
“The combination of their informal style, high quality, and daytime and evening trading will be ideal for the city centre.
“We believe that a quality food shop and restaurant, hopefully with a licence for pavement tables will enhance the dining and food offer in the city centre.”
Carluccios managing director Simon Kossoff said: “We are very excited about our plans to open in Chester.
“The elegant double fronted building has the real presence that we require. “Chester is a great city and when a site became available we jumped at the chance of opening a new Carluccio’s.”