Restaurant plan for old HSBC building in Darwen

Restaurant plan for old HSBC building in Darwen

Restaurant plan for old HSBC building in Darwen

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE former HSBC bank in Darwen town centre looks set to become a restaurant after plans were submitted.

The sought-after building was taken over by the owners of a restaurant, cocktail bar and takeaway business earlier this year.

It had been the subject of much attention as Darwen Town Council revealed it wanted to take over the former bank in The Circus to open a heritage centre.

Those plans were scuppered when it emerged the owners of the Godfather takeaway and Amalfi Lounge restaurant and cocktail bar had bought the building, which had been listed at £150,000. Shaz and Keyvan Fani, who run the business in Duckworth Street, have submitted plans to Blackburn with Darwen Council requesting the use of the building be changed to a restaurant and drinking establishment.

A design and access statement said: “The intended restaurant use is a pizzeria serving fresh handmade pizzas and pastas, which will also have a bar. The businessmen have experience in this trade as they already run successful restaurants in the Darwen area so there is very little chance this building will become derelict.

“The proposed opening hours are 9am to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 3am Friday and Saturday.

“It is not anticipated that the proposal would lead to an increase in disturbance from additional customers as the building is nestled within existing commercial buildings within a busy town centre.”

Sunnyhurst councillor Pete Hollings said he was delighted at the proposal. He said: “I think it is brilliant. It will be another jewel in Darwen’s crown as far as the nightlife is concerned. The town is going from strength to strength and there are a lot of places for people to go on a night out.

“It is a shame we didn’t get in in time to develop the heritage centre there but I am just glad the building is going to be brought back into permanent use.”

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7:01pm Tue 15 Apr 14

phil kernot says...

Shame it wasn't in blackburn we wouldn't have to travel to darwen for a good takeaway and somewhere to,eat , what have we got,in blackburn places you wouldn't let your dog eat in or out for that matter,,,:)
Shame it wasn't in blackburn we wouldn't have to travel to darwen for a good takeaway and somewhere to,eat , what have we got,in blackburn places you wouldn't let your dog eat in or out for that matter,,,:) phil kernot
  • Score: 12

10:00pm Tue 15 Apr 14

darwenTower says...

Phil,

The Original Godfather in Blackburn is a cut above Darwen's offerings IMO.
Phil, The Original Godfather in Blackburn is a cut above Darwen's offerings IMO. darwenTower
  • Score: -9

10:26pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Mothernature says...

Don't know about Blackburn's godfather, but the one in Darwen is one I will never visit again. The vegetarians list is limited & what I did try, was so bland & quite honestly, chewy. What ever happened to having good, wholesome, FRESH English food? Not all of us want foreign food, nor do we want boring old chips. I'd die for a place that provided good English food.
Don't know about Blackburn's godfather, but the one in Darwen is one I will never visit again. The vegetarians list is limited & what I did try, was so bland & quite honestly, chewy. What ever happened to having good, wholesome, FRESH English food? Not all of us want foreign food, nor do we want boring old chips. I'd die for a place that provided good English food. Mothernature
  • Score: 4

12:38am Wed 16 Apr 14

fireonthemountain says...

Long , long time ago , when my wife and our young kiddies had
nipped to Scotland -

(My wife is Scottish , by the way - I could not accompany them as we were installing a new computer system at work) .

Anyway , I went to The Cemetary on Bolton Road .

Ate (devoured) a Sunday Lunch .

Genuine Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings .
Veg ? Fresh as can be imagined ! - peas and carrots .
Delicious .

Not forgetting the roastie potatoes .
And as for the gravy ? - to die for .

Where can I find same in Darren today ?

Nowhere .

How sad .
Long , long time ago , when my wife and our young kiddies had nipped to Scotland - (My wife is Scottish , by the way - I could not accompany them as we were installing a new computer system at work) . Anyway , I went to The Cemetary on Bolton Road . Ate (devoured) a Sunday Lunch . Genuine Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings . Veg ? Fresh as can be imagined ! - peas and carrots . Delicious . Not forgetting the roastie potatoes . And as for the gravy ? - to die for . Where can I find same in Darren today ? Nowhere . How sad . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 6

7:04am Thu 17 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Long , long time ago , when my wife and our young kiddies had
nipped to Scotland -

(My wife is Scottish , by the way - I could not accompany them as we were installing a new computer system at work) .

Anyway , I went to The Cemetary on Bolton Road .

Ate (devoured) a Sunday Lunch .

Genuine Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings .
Veg ? Fresh as can be imagined ! - peas and carrots .
Delicious .

Not forgetting the roastie potatoes .
And as for the gravy ? - to die for .

Where can I find same in Darren today ?

Nowhere .

How sad .
The Crown pub in Darwen. Sundays.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Long , long time ago , when my wife and our young kiddies had nipped to Scotland - (My wife is Scottish , by the way - I could not accompany them as we were installing a new computer system at work) . Anyway , I went to The Cemetary on Bolton Road . Ate (devoured) a Sunday Lunch . Genuine Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings . Veg ? Fresh as can be imagined ! - peas and carrots . Delicious . Not forgetting the roastie potatoes . And as for the gravy ? - to die for . Where can I find same in Darren today ? Nowhere . How sad .[/p][/quote]The Crown pub in Darwen. Sundays. happycyclist
  • Score: 4

11:25am Thu 17 Apr 14

We'll win the next one says...

Mothernature wrote:
Don't know about Blackburn's godfather, but the one in Darwen is one I will never visit again. The vegetarians list is limited & what I did try, was so bland & quite honestly, chewy. What ever happened to having good, wholesome, FRESH English food? Not all of us want foreign food, nor do we want boring old chips. I'd die for a place that provided good English food.
Why go to an Italian themed restaurant/take away then ! Hello anyone home !! lol.
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: Don't know about Blackburn's godfather, but the one in Darwen is one I will never visit again. The vegetarians list is limited & what I did try, was so bland & quite honestly, chewy. What ever happened to having good, wholesome, FRESH English food? Not all of us want foreign food, nor do we want boring old chips. I'd die for a place that provided good English food.[/p][/quote]Why go to an Italian themed restaurant/take away then ! Hello anyone home !! lol. We'll win the next one
  • Score: 3

3:32pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Paul E says...

Only a few months ago and reported in the LET, the same new owners stated that they where not going to use this building as a take away or restaurant,

There is nothing worse then great building being empty but how many more food outlets are needed in Darwen
Only a few months ago and reported in the LET, the same new owners stated that they where not going to use this building as a take away or restaurant, There is nothing worse then great building being empty but how many more food outlets are needed in Darwen Paul E
  • Score: 8

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