A new 55-seater restaurant has opened in a new building in the heart of Blackburn’s Curry Mile.

Rice 'n' Roti takes up two floors of a newly built extension on Victoria Street in the Whalley Range area, Blackburn.

The restaurant, which has seating on the second floor, is being launched by the family who run Jaan’s Restaurant, which has locations in both Blackburn and Bolton.

On the menu are curries, kebabs and rotisserie chicken dishes, meaning there should be something to suit all tastes for visitors.

A curry and two chapattis will set you back £.5.99.

The opening on Saturday was attended by Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Councillor Phil Riley, and Daisyfield and Bastwell Councillor Iftikhar Hussain.

Fahd Waseem, who is managing the new venture, said it would be a ‘great’ addition to the stretch, famous for some of the best curries in the North West.

He said: “We know Whalley Range attracts people from across the region.

“There are some great businesses here and we hope this will be another fantastic addition.

“We will be serving up fresh curries throughout the day, as well as grilled chicken and kebabs.”

The opening has created six full and part-time jobs.

Lancashire Telegraph: The new restaurant / takeaway was opened by Cllr Phil Riley 

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The new building is one of four on the stretch which have sprung up in the past few years.

Fahd added: “It is wonderful to be in a new building and right in the heart of the area.

“It is also a decent spot with a lot of footfall.”

Cllr Riley said: “This is a good addition to the area and it looks a lot better than it used to do.”

The new build just comes weeks after a new car park opened to assist with the growing number of visitors to the busy stretch in an aim to alleviate traffic issues along Whalley Range.

Cllr Riley added: “The area needed a car park. It is just so difficult for people to park. We want this area to become an attraction for people of out of town.”

The family behind the ventures launched the Jaan’s Restaurant, based on the corner of Charlotte Street and Watford Street, in 2018.

In 2021, the building underwent renovations and the owners revealed how the top floor had remained unused for more than three decades since the Balaclava Inn pub closed.

This year a second Jaan’s opened in Bolton.