Peterborough city centre could be on the verge of getting its very first high class Turkish restaurant.
Restaurateur Cevdet Mutlu has applied to the city council for a licence for the vacant premises under the Travelodge in New Road.
This will be the ‘real McCoy’, an authentic, contemporary restaurant serving the best in Turkish cuisine.Cevdet Mutlu
Mr Mutlu, who has been in the business for 20 years and is involved in 18 Turkish restaurants, mostly in the London area, says the new venture would be a great asset for the city dominated by chains.
And if things go to plan it could be open in early May.
“Hopefully the licence will be sorted out within 28 days and then we can get on and fully refurbish the inside of the building.
“We have our concept and - the kitchen will be open plan with a coal fired barbecue grill - and the necessary branding to sort out.
“Believe me this will be the ‘real McCoy’ , an authentic, contemporary restaurant serving the best in Turkish cuisine – beautiful food, a great atmosphere and, of course, value for money.”
Mr Mutlu said it was likely the restaurant would be called Turkish Kitchen - although if he can get the key chefs from Turkey and permits approved on time it would open under the Istanbul-based Kosebasi brand.
“Either way the fit out quality and concept will be to the same high standard,” he added.
The news comes as a timely boost for New Road, given the closure in January of the Liquid nightclub and associated bars, and provide a welcome addition to the dining out scene in that part of town - with Bollywood Nights next door and Jimmy’s virtually opposite.