A chain of RESTAURANTS will open a central kitchen in Bradford and says it will help the business succeed in an increasingly uncertain market.
Estabulo, a Brazilian restaurant with chains across the North, plans to open a new restaurant in the Broadway mall in the coming months.
But on top of that, the company has asked to set up a central kitchen in Bradford, where ingredients can be prepared before being sent to its various restaurants.
In the spring, the company submitted a planning application to Bradford Council to change the use of Media House, a large light industrial building on the Thornton Road industrial estate, to a central kitchen.
The company’s app said this new business model would help the company recover from covid and the impact of war in Ukraine.
Planning officers have now approved the application.
Estabulo first announced plans to open a new restaurant on Charles Street in 2020.
Subsequent inquiries for the unit, between Zizzi and Tiffin Grande, revealed that it will accommodate up to 300 people.
This new application indicates that the Bradford branch will be part of the company’s new restaurant concept – a hybrid of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine. His name will be Sakkusamba.
No opening date has yet been revealed.
The app says: “Given unprecedented recent times in the aftermath of Covid-19 and now the uncertainty of the Russian conflict, many large chain hospitality businesses have been impacted with many casualties.
“However, in order to stay ahead, Estabulo has forecast demand to increase when the lockdown is fully lifted and when the Russian conflict subsides, so there will be a need to expand the existing internal seating capacity and a facelift may be required. necessary to attract diners to restaurants.
“In order to maintain maximum seating capacity to cope, some existing kitchen facilities may need to be reduced in size to accommodate more seating.
“In this way, it will help meet the demand for capacity and at the same time create a livelier environment and promote a cosmopolitan atmosphere which makes the restaurant more attractive with signs of life and activity.
“Since Estabulo has a chain of restaurants, it makes sense to have a central kitchen where all food is prepared for all of their restaurants in a central location and delivered to their respective restaurants.
“It’s location is ideal as it is central to all their restaurants and can easily be expedited within a 1 hour drive.”
Bradford Council planning officers approved the application earlier this month.