Peterborough is rapidly becoming a gourmet centre according to the city council leader as two more big players in the restaurant world target the Cathedral Square area.
Much-loved Pan-Asian chain Wagamama has been lined up for three retail units on Long Causeway at the entrance to the Square.
And Côte Brasserie, a leading French bistro chain with a dozen Central London outlets, has applied for a licence for the former Santander bank in Church Street.
A spokesman for the company said: “We would love to come to Peterborough, however the restaurant is still very much in the planning stages.”
London based Deloitte Real Estate is behind the planning permission to change the use of 37-39 Long Causeway, from retail to restaurant - something actively encouraged by the city council. It says Wagamama is the likely new tenant, subject to the application being granted.
Deloitte adds: “Wagamama is one of the UK’s leading Pan-Asian restaurant chains and regards Peterborough as a key town to expand its offer.
“The focus market is expanding into large towns and cities where the brand has little representation and the proposed opening in Peterborough is testament to this target as they have identified this is an area with great potential.”
Welcoming the interest, council leader John Holdich, said: “These potential new restaurants are great news for the city, and their interest just goes to show that our continued investment in redeveloping the city centre is getting results.
“Peterborough is rapidly becoming a gourmet centre thanks to its many national brands and local independent restaurants, and these newcomers will add to the choice on offer.
“The secret to success for a city centre is to offer great days and evenings out, providing a good mixture of shopping, dining out and socialising. We have made great strides in recent years and it’s exciting to see this progress continue.”
Since its multi-million pound revamp, the Cathedral Square area has attracted the likes of Wildwood, Nando’s, Prezzo, Clarkes, Argo Lounge and Bill’s.
Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson added: “ I think that it’s fantastic news and with all the new development in the city centre we are seeing the growth of a thriving upmarket nightlife and culinary variety and thankfully we’re moving away from the awful 24 hour booze culture that existed 10 years ago.”
And Steve Bowyer, chief executive of economic development company Opportunity Peterborough, said: “The regeneration of Peterborough’s award-winning Cathedral Square has been a major catalyst in attracting new business investment to the city.
“Since its completion, our restaurant and retail offer has grown rapidly and is now delivering our vision for a destination evening economy.
“Peterborough is an ambitious city with bold plans for growth so a thriving city centre with a high-quality and varied leisure offer is crucial to attracting more business investment to the area.”