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Nando's not coming to Burton but Chicago Rock gets a revamp

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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NEW plans have been submitted that could see a former Burton nightclub turned into two restaurant units.

Proposals have been lodged with planners at East Staffordshire Borough Council to revamp the former home of Chicago Rock Cafe, in Middleway Park, in Guild Street, so that two restaurant or cafe businesses can move on to the site.

However, despite speculation reaching fever pitch in the town, popular chicken eatery Nando's confirmed that they have no plans to move into the town 'in the near future'.

The site has been empty since Chicago Rock closed its doors suddenly in December 2010.

Barton Wilmore, acting on behalf of asset manager for Middleway Park, F & C Reit, revealed details of a raft of work taking place at the site.

The planning statement said: "The unit has remained vacant since December 2010, up until when it was occupied by Chicago Rock Cafe.

"Our client has actively sought the reoccupation of the unit since that time.

"Despite this, it is has been unable to attract interest in the unit until now."

The proposals for the site include:

• A new frontage including new glazing and entrances to facilitate the subdivision of the unit;

• An external seating area is proposed for each unit;

• New finishes to the external appearance of the building including new render and cladding;

• Alterations to the external bin store comprising new access gates; and

• Alterations to the former terrace to Worthington Way and a new timber-clad bin and plant enclosure.

The firm also said that the plans will allow for an influx of new jobs in the area, as well as the refurbishment of a disused building.

It is estimated around 35 new roles could be created by the development when the work has been completed.

The planning document suggests that tenants have been identified for the new split site but bosses at Nando's have dismissed rumours that they are set to move on to the site.

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