Planning application lodged to convert four empty shops into new Bottelinos restaurant in Yate Shopping Centre
PLANS to convert four empty shops and open a popular Italian restaurant chain in Yate have been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.
The application is for a Bottelinos, which has outlets in Emerson’s Green and Bristol, and would fill four units on North Parade.
Previously occupied by Lloyds bank, Hobbs House Bakery, D T B’s Stationers and St Peter’s Hospice, all four shops have been empty for more than two years and the plans would see them converted into one unit.
The 470 square metre restaurant would cater for up to 160 covers and a bar area would have room for 100 customers plus a terraced outside seating area could fit a further 40 diners.
It would open from 11am to 10.30pm Sunday to Thursday and until 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The planning application by Yate NP Ltd said there had been no interest in opening the units as retail shops.
It said: "The marketing undertaken by the property agents has shown negligible interest from prospective retail tenants. The attractiveness of the location is considered to be less desirable given its peripheral location from the heart of the centre."
The converted premises would be leased by Bottelinos, which serves pizza and pasta dishes and is a family-friendly restaurant chain, employing 12 full-time staff and 16 part-time workers.
Yate Shopping Centre manager Andrew Lowrey said the new tenant would be a real coup for the town.
He said: "Bottelinos is a highly rated and well known local restaurant chain. Attracting them to Yate is a real coup and another important addition to our portfolio.
"At a recent public consultation for the cinema proposals, the public said they wanted to see a greater variety of eateries, especially an Italian restaurant with a family bias.
"We investigated all the options for future use of the units but there was no interest from any retail operators. Bottelinos will enhance North Parade and give the centre a vibrant frontage that will contribute to its image from Station Road."
If the plans are given approval, it is anticipated that the restaurant will open in December.
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