Independently-owned French restaurant group Bistrot Pierre has confirmed it is opening a new restaurant in the former Russell and Bromley store in Southport.
The site will benefit from almost £1 million of investment to transform the premises into a bistrot for 140 diners and create up to 50 jobs for local people.
Major renovation work will soon begin in the building on the corner of Lord Street and Neville Street to create Bistrot Pierre’s beautiful French-styled interiors in readiness to open in Autumn 2017.
Sue Potter from GY Architects, who is designing the layout of the new restaurant, said: “It is wonderful to be involved with this project that will see a much-loved historic shop transformed. We can’t wait to unveil the new interior that will create a typically Parisian bistrot experience in the town.”
Rob Beacham, co-owner for Bistrot Pierre, who set up the group with school friend, John Whitehead, said: “We are looking forward to bringing our French bistrot cooking to Southport. I’m confident that we will grow a loyal customer base in the area thanks to our popular seasonal menus including Confit de canard, the bestselling Boeuf bourguignon maison and, of course, steak-frites.
“Southport is a historic and vibrant town that attracts many visitors to enjoy its culture, scenery, shops and restaurants and we’re proud to be involved in the growth of its food and drink scene.”
Hugh Evans, CEO of Southport Business Improvement District, added: "This is exciting news for Southport. The new restaurant has been eagerly-awaited in the town and we are pleased that Bistrot Pierre has realised the potential that Southport has to offer.
“By deciding to invest here, it shows that Bistrot Pierre has great confidence in our town and has concluded that Southport has the potential to support a French restaurant in the town centre.”