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Top class restaurant plan for Blackburn's Fountain Inn
A Blackburn businessman is seeking to revive the ‘eyesore’ Fountain Inn in Intack by spending more than £50,000 turning it into an upmarket Indian restaurant.
Mohammed Yasin is in the final stages of buying the landmark premises on the corner of Accrington Road, Fecitt Brow and Freeman Close to provide upmarket cuisine for dozens of customers.
But the plan has split local councillors with Jim Shorrock describing it as ‘fantastic’ and his Labour Shadworth with Whitebirk colleague Ron O’Keeffe worried about parking problems.
Previous plans for the pub which closed more than three years ago, including a doctor’s surgery, have failed to become reality.
However architectural consultant Khalid Khan, who submitted the plans to Blackburn with Darwen council on behalf of Mr Yasin who owns a similar restaurant in Todmorden, is hopeful the latest bid will succeed.
The proposal will see the semi-derelict pub given a smart, powder-coated frontage with bay windows and a verandah turning it into The Fountain Restaurant.
Mr Khan said: “Mr Yasin runs a successful upmarket Indian restaurant in Todmorden. He was brought up in Whalley Range, Blackburn, and wants to bring that sort of food to his home town.
“He is in the process of buying the property and intends to spend £50,000 to £60,000 turning the Fountain into a smart restaurant for 30 to 40 diners employing about ten staff.”
Coun Shorrock said: “This building is an eyesore and something needs doing with it. It’s great news. It would be fantastic to have an upmarket Indian restaurant on this side of town.”
Coun O’Keeffe said: “This is a semi-derelict building but I’m not sure a restaurant is appropriate to the area. I’m concerned about parking in people from all over the borough start to come and use it unless Mr Yasin has plans for car parking.”
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