Restau­rant looks to ex­tend open­ing hours

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

CUS­TOMERS at a pop­u­lar town eaterie will be able to linger longer if pro­pos­als to ex­tend open­ing hours are ap­proved.

Bosses at the Torre de Her­cules Mediter­ranean restau­rant in Earl Shilton want to trade un­til mid­night Sun­day to Thurs­day and un­til 1.30am on Fri­day and Satur­day.

When in 2013 the own­ers re­ceived change of use ap­proval to turn the for­mer bar­ber shop on High Street into a restau­rant the open­ing hours con­di­tion stip­u­lated an 11pm shut­down, ef­fec­tively mean­ing a 10.30pm close.

Now the busi­ness has been up and run­ning suc­cess­fully, op­er­a­tor Manuel Blanco is looking to adapt, at the re­quest of cus­tomers.

In the sub­mis­sion to Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil he states: “The restau­rant has been a rep­utable busi­ness for al­most three years and it has been re­quested from cus­tomers whether it would be pos­si­ble to have longer open­ing hours, as of­ten later din­ers find their meal cut short.

“Also, for the spe­cial oc­ca­sions such as New Year’s Eve and the Christ­mas hol­i­days, the premises can­not reach it’s full po­ten­tial within the com­mu­nity due to the re­stric­tive open­ing hours.”

Be­fore launch­ing the 36 cover restau­rant in 2015 Mr Blanco, a na­tive of Gali­cia in Spain, spent a year ren­o­vat­ing the di­lap­i­dated prop­erty.

He re­fur­bished the ground floor, in­stalled a new frontage, built a sin­gle storey ex­ten­sion to the rear and in­stalled a sta­teof-the-art kitchen.

Torre de Her­cules is now rated the num­ber one restau­rant in Earl Shilton with 80% of re­view­ers on Trip Ad­vi­sor giv­ing it the thumbs-up and brand­ing it “ex­cel­lent”. Fo­cus­ing on fresh in­gre­di­ents din­ers can choose from au­then­tic Span­ish ta­pas, pizza and pasta, chicken, salmon or steak.

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