A much-loved Preston restaurant has closed its doors blaming a fall in trade.Advertisement
Fusion Room in Friargate closed in January as its owner progresses plans to become an upmarket fish and chip shop and noodle bar.
Russell Lee, said the cost of business rates and lack of footfall in the student end of the city had forced the closure.
He said: “It just wasn’t adding up. I thought we were providing value for money but unfortunately it just isn’t the right location anymore. The council talked about this business centre seven or right years ago and it just hasn’t happened.
“I would really like to thank all of my customers who have been fantastic over the years. We produced some great food but unfortunately the time has come for Fusion Room to end.”
Mr Lee tabled plans back in August for the conversion of the restaurant to two new premises. These plans were approved in mid-January.
Work is now underway to open Friargate Fish and Chips.
Mr Lee said: “We want to be a fish and chips takeaway and restaurant with a difference.
“For those who loved Fusion Room they will love this. It’s a different take on fish and chips.
“There aren’t masses of chippies in this area so I think it will be attractive to people. We’ll be trying out things like fish tacos too so there’s a variety in the menu.”
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Existing staff from Fusion Room are hoped to be remployed once the refit is complete and the fish and chips venture opens in the Spring.
A noodle bar could follow if the first foodie offering proves popular.
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