Peterborough gets a Lebanese grill restaurant and shisha bar

The Lebanese Emperor

The Lebanese Emperor

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The doors are set reopen at a once popular Chinese restaurant in Peterborough - though the cuisine will hail from the middle east rather than the far east.

The Lebanese Emperor could be open this weekend - replacing what for many years was known as The Emperor on Lincoln Road in Millfield.

The building, now minus its instantly recognisable oriental-looking green-tiled porch roof, has been undergoing refurbishment for several weeks - and “opening soon” signs have gone up this week - at the same time as the new name.

It promises international cuisine, not to mention a bakery and shisha bar - Peterborough’s first.

Under the ownership of Tony Cheung, The Emperor was probably Peterborough’s most popular Chinese restaurant until he called it a day in 2012 after almost 20 years.

It carried on under new ownership for a year or so with the same name but never recaptured its former glory and closed last year.

The city looks set to get its second Turkish restaurant some time soon.

Work on Turkish Kitchen in New Road is progressing - with the signs already up - and next month given as the likely opening date.

Efes on Lincoln Road, New England, brought a taste of Turkey to Peterborough last month.

Turkish food is clearly popular at the moment with Stamford set to get some company for its Mad Turk restaurant. Work is underway at the Saffron Lounge on St Mary’s Hill which will reopoen next month as Zada - offering “authentic Turkish cuisine”.