Mowgli street food announces Lancashire’s first restaurant to open in July


An Indian street food chain with its roots in Lancashire is opening its first restaurant in the county this summer.

Mowgli, who has restaurants in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham Sheffield and Leeds, to name a few, will open a brand new restaurant in Preston on July 11.

Anticipation around Mowgli’s arrival in Lancashire has been brewing for some years, as the established street food chain was due to open in the town before Covid, but this was put on hold due to the pandemic.

In September last year, owner Nisha Katona, from Ormskirk, announced that she had signed a new lease to open at a different location in Preston city centre.

The new restaurant will now be located in the former French Connection at Miller Arcade in Preston, on the corner of Church Street and Birley Street.

Sharing photos of the progress on their social pages, a spokesperson said: “Preston Mowgli has a face!

“Opens July 11 with booking lines open next month. A taste of things to come Preston!”

Founded in 2014 by Ms Katona, a former child protection lawyer, she gave up her 20-year career to open a restaurant serving the kind of food Indians eat at home and on the streets.

Opening its first establishment in Liverpool, followed closely by a restaurant in Manchester less than a year later, the simple dishes on a Mowgli menu are a million miles from the curry stereotype.

Mowgli’s website states, “These dishes convey the truth that real Indian food is extremely healthy, often vegan, and always full of fresh flavor.”

In 2018, Mowgli earned a spot on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 Entrants list, and in 2019 Nisha received an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honors List for Services to the Food Industry.

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