Restau­rant gets the go-ahead

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Town Centre Changes - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

A for­mer hair­dress­ing sa­lon is to be con­verted into a restau­rant, after plans were ap­proved by Ash­ford Borough Council.

Pop­pins Restau­rant will fill the va­cant re­tail unit pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Toni &Guy hair­dressers op­po­site M&S in Ash­ford High Street.

Pop­pins restau­rants started in 1979 and has 36 town cen­tre lo­ca­tions in the UK, many in the South East.

The restau­rants pro­vide a wait­ing ser­vice with an all-day menu in­clud­ing break­fasts, grills, fish, steaks, omelettes, burg­ers as well as sweets such as knicker­bocker glo­ries.

Each restau­rant is pri­vately owned and op­er­ated on a fran­chise ba­sis.

Open­ing hours look set to be from 8am un­til 6pm Mon­day to Satur­day, and 10am un­til 4pm on Sun­days. There will not be a drinks li­cence at the venue.

In the ap­pli­ca­tion let­ter, site agent John Robin­son stated: “The restau­rants at­tract up to 500 cus­tomers per day.

“Such is the pop­u­lar­ity of Pop- pins Restau­rants, it will raise the pro­file of the frontage and en­cour­age other re­tail­ers to oc­cupy other empty units in the town.”

Council case of­fi­cer Jon Barnes said: “Although the premises are ad­joined by a cof­fee shop to the west, it is not con­sid­ered that the pro­posed restau­rant use would re­sult in an un­de­sir­able con­cen­tra­tion of non-A1 re­tail uses in the pa­rade which could be harm­ful to the vi­tal­ity of the pa­rade.

“The pro­posal is for a day­time restau­rant use which will con­trib­ute to the range of uses avail­able to shop­pers, work­ers and other town cen­tre users.”

Four full-time mem­bers of staff and six part-time work­ers are set to be em­ployed at the restau­rant.

Toni&Guy’s sa­lon, in Up­per High Street, will be­come a restau­rant

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