Two key restaurants in Preston have been put up for sale.
The Olive Press and Heathcote’s Brasserie, both of which are located at Winckley Square, are being marketed by property agent Christie & Co.
Both restaurants, housed in the same building, will remain open until a buyer is found.
Paul Heathcote, chef and owner, told The Caterer: “I have been there 20 years doing the same thing and I think it is time for a change and also within our contract catering business we have some other opportunities within the pipeline which I can’t disclose but it will need more time from me in order that it happens.
The Olive Press, an Italian restaurant that opened in 1995, has played host to celebrities over the years including Rod Stewart, Fat Boy Slim and David Moyes.
Heathcote notes that restaurant staff should have the opportunity to transfer across to any new operation once a buyer is found or to join his catering business Heathcote & Co.
The Bolton chef, who was awarded the MBE in 2009, has had two Michelin stars in his career at The Longridge Restaurant, which he sold in 2012.