Pan-Asian restaurant chain Wagamama is the latest looking to tap into Peterborough’s burgeoning dining out scene based around Cathedral Square.
The chain which sprung up in London 23 years ago before expanding into major cities, could take over three shops with its brand of modern Asain cuisine – be it a little ginger to warm you up. chillis that kick. noodles to nourish the body and soul.
Its menus promise to soothe, nourish, sustain and inspire. with all kinds of rice and noodle dishes, alongside fresh salads and shareable sides. desserts, fresh juices, hot drinks, wine, sake and expertly crafted asian beers too
London based Deloitte Real Estate, on behalf of Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd, is seeking planning permission to change the use of 37-39 Long Causeway, at the entrance to the Square, 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, in its application, says: “Wagamama is one of the UK’s leading pan-Asian restaurant chains and regards Peterborough as a key town to expand its offer. The nearest Wagamama is located 30 miles away in Cambridge.
“Wagamama was founded in 1992 and now spans 17 countries, with 118 company operated restaurants in the UK, 4 in Boston and 33 franchised restaurants mainly in Europe and the Middle East. It is currently undergoing an
expansion which will see the brand opening approximately 15 new sites a year in the UK which typically employ 30-40 staff on average per outlet.
“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.”
In order to provide the required number of covers the three units will be made into one across all three floors, with seating and the kitchen located on the ground floor and customer facilities located on the first floor.
It is the latest indication of the city centre’s appeal. Already this week French brasserie chain Cote Restaurants applied for a licence for the former Santander bank premises in Church Street, also overlooking the Square, an area which has been boosted by the likes of Bill’s and Argo Lounge in the last 12 months, and which already boasts Wildwood, Nando’s, Pizza Express, Prezzo, Chimichanga, Carluccio’s and the independent Clarkes.