High street restaurant chain Prezzo has submitted a planning application to open a restaurant in a grade II listed building in Carlisle city centre.
If successful, the proposed new eatery will create the equivalent of approximately 30 full-time posts according to a report in the News & Star.
Prezzo has applied to Carlisle City Council for consent to change the use of The Andlusian in Warwick Road from a tapas bar, to a restaurant. It is also applying for listed building consent to make some internal alterations.
Speaking to the News & Star, a Prezzo spokesman said: “The fact that our planning application has been submitted shows that we are keen to open a Prezzo restaurant in Carlisle. We will await the outcome of the planning decision.”
The application says the restaurant would open from 11.30am to 11.30pm every day, seating 166 people in total, split over the ground and first floors.
Prezzo’s new planning application is to formally change the use of the premises to a restaurant. The listed building application will also ask for permission to install extraction and ventilation equipment above the kitchen, situated on the first floor.
If granted, the conversion will take approximately 12 weeks.
Existing residential accommodation on the second floor does not form part of the planning application.
The company first confirmed its interest in Carlisle back in November, it submitted an application to erect new signs at the Andalusian bar and bistro which has now been granted.
According to the report, the current owners of the tapas bar said they hadn’t been approached by Prezzo and it was business as usual.
Prezzo has 200 restaurants nationally and is well known for taking over old buildings of historic value.