Fusion Room restaurant owner lodges chippy and noodle bar plan

Posted on - 17th August, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Friargate, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston, University campus
Fusion Room has built up a strong reputation Pic: Tony Worrall

Fusion Room has built up a strong reputation Pic: Tony Worrall

A popular restaurant in Friargate has applied for a possible chip shop and noodle bar conversion.


Plans from architects John Bridge show how the restaurant could be converted into a separate gourmet chippy and noodle bar.

Fusion Room owner Russell Lee said there was no plan to close the restaurant and it depended on how the area developed over the next few years.

Mr Lee said: “We’ve made these plans to safeguard the future of the business.

“I would like to make it clear Fusion Room is not closing.

“If this goes ahead, which depends on permission from the city council, then the fish and chip shop will not be your usual chippy.

“We will be taking the style you would expect from Fusion Room and applying it to both the fish and chip shop and the noodle bar.

“The noodle bar will be really different, a bit funky and very unique.

“These plans will allow me to be proactive with my business depending on what happens around Friargate.”

Fusion Room is located in the student quarter of the city with a number of new large student developments in the area.

A planning statement from John Bridge says: “The restaurant opened in 2008 and has been running ever since, to the success of the applicant.

“However, given how successful the student quarter has developed over the years, a restaurant of this type, is unfortunately located where a footfall would be most suited to the city centre i.e. Fishergate.

“There are already several takeaways on Friargate. However, the Fusion Chippy and Noodlebar will seek to offer a different service to those competing facilities.”

The restaurant, which continues to trade, currently has a four and a half star rating on TripAdvisor and is ranked 12th of all restaurants in the city.

Barnsley's Pork with glazed apples Pic: TripAdvisor

Barnsley’s Pork with glazed apples Pic: TripAdvisor

The full plans are available to view on the city council website.

Anyone wishing to comment can do so via the city council website or by emailing quoting reference 06/2015/0643 or 06/2015/0644.

Correction: We posted this story originally on Monday 17 August at 7pm stating Fusion Room would be closing. This was incorrect, as the restaurant is to remain open. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.



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