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Haute cuisine coming to what used to be Preston nightclub

Posted on - 26th October, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, News, Preston City Centre, Restaurants
Artist impressions show how Haute would look in Church Street

Artist impressions show how Haute would look in Church Street

A former nightclub in the centre of Preston is to become a swanky new restaurant.

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Haute cuisine is coming to what used to be Mokai and New York Steakhouse in Church Street.

Plans from the Opulence Group have been tabled showing how the restaurant will replace the sticky floors of what used to be PR1, The Ritz and many others over the years.

It used to be The Ritz cinema and had a bold art deco frontage dating back to 1937.

Read more: Former Church Street shops demolished

Proposals from Hay Innovations Limited outline how the back of the nightclub will also get a major facelift and also be an entrance – rather than just a car park and smoking area.

A quick potted history of the site

The current building dates back to 1937 when it replaced an existing structure and opened as the Ritz cinema.

What was the Ritz

What was the Ritz pic: Preston Digital Archive

In 1962 it went through further works to become a dance hall and cinema, and further conversions made it a bingo hall before it closed in 1992.

Read more: Things you only know if you went to UCLan in the 1990s

In 2008 it reopened as a nightclub before eventually becoming Mokai but this closed in late 2014.

What do you think of the restaurant plans? Did you go to Mokai? Let us know in the comments below

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