A bar offering German street food and Lancashire stews is set to take over a former bank in Kirkham.
The Brewhaus Kirkham is to move into the building previously occupied by Santander and will be a venue largely focused on drinks.
It will also offer a small range of dishes, including sauerkraut and cheese and pâté platters.
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Plans for the new use of the Poulton Street building were approved last year, but the building could receive an external makeover as part of wider town center regeneration plans. If this new request is approved, the existing access ramp will be removed and replaced with a smaller one, creating space for outdoor seating.
The proposal to change the building’s use was submitted to Peter Sutcliffe of Preston-based Big Fat Pub and approved in October. The council is looking to take advantage of the Future High Street Fund (FHSF) which is intended for the regeneration of heritage areas and the new bar could benefit from this.
A report submitted with the new application states: “Our proposal aims to redirect access by creating a ramp that is accessible to all customers.
“This means that a defined area for drinking and socializing can happen almost on the street, just outside the bar. This will help liven up the streetscape in the evening and the installation of awnings will protect patrons from inclement weather.
The food concept of the places is limited and therefore does not require a large kitchen. It will offer “simple German street food of sausages, potatoes, sauerkraut etc. and traditional Lancashire hotpots, fish pies, as well as cheese and pasty platters”. Brewhaus Kirkham will operate from noon to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Fylde Council applied in 2019 for a share of the government’s HFSF to deliver a four-year vision to transform the main shopping area.
Dubbed “Kirkham Futures” – and considered the largest such scheme in the city’s history – the aim of the project is to renovate the public realm, including through an overhaul of Kirkham’s shop windows. There will also be a focus on bringing empty properties on the main street back into use and expanding the city’s supply.
City learned in May last year that it had received £6.2m from the Future High Streets pot – more than £3m less than the £9.5m it received requested, due to the popularity of the fund and the number of applications received. In January, Lancashire County Council Cabinet has now agreed to provide a grant to bridge the gap and enable the full program to be completed.
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