sábado, 6 de julio de 2013

So may I introduce to you the new-look Sgt Pepper’s

Artists' impression from Escudo Designs of how the revamped Sergeant Pepper's Bistro building is set to look
Long-delayed plans to  reopen an iconic Beatles-inspired restaurant are set to   be completed.
Work is under way to  transform Sergeant Pepper’s Bistro, in Smithdown  Place, Allerton, which has  stood empty for several  years.
The former tram ticket  office and public toilet faces  the top of Penny Lane  where it meets Allerton  Road, and remains a popular stop-off for tourists on  the Fab Four trail.
Developers hope the new  look, which will include the  addition of an upper  floor  and a new glass frontage,  will prove a hit with residents and visitors.
Tony Shields, of Escudo  Designs, who finalised the  plans, said: “The development has a long history and  we are the last in a series of  architects to work on the  designs.
“The frame is up and  building work is going  ahead and it should be completed in the near future.”
The new designs, approved at the end of last year  by city planners, include a  glass entrance, with ceiling  length windows on the top  floor.
Previously submitted  plans in 2009 were approved  on the basis the transparent upper floor would not  obscure the view of nearby  St Barnabas’s church.
Mr Shields said: “Because of that condition,  there was a lot of focus on  making sure the upper  floor was transparent, but  also ensuring it had as big a  footprint as possible to provide the dining capacity  that will be needed.”
Businessman Ray  Maatook, the building’s  owner, is currently holding   talks with a number of  operators who could come  in and run the restaurant  once the building work is  finished.
The ECHO understands  that the name and theme of  the reopened restaurant  will be subject to agreement between the parties  involved.
Mr Shields said: “It will  depend on the end user, but  I think anyone taking the  building on needs to appreciate what it is, what it  means to people and how  iconic it is in the city.”

By Steve Graves

Source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk

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