An award-winning Horncastle restaurant could be on the move as part of an ambitious expansion that could lead to up to ten new jobs.
The Thai Dining Room is planning to re-locate 100 yards along West Street from its existing premises to what is currently a bookshop.
Owner/chef Phil Cantwell confirmed he hoped to make the move by December - subject to approval by planners at East Lindsey District Council.
He said the current capacity of the restaurant would increase from 12 to 60 – leading to the new jobs.
Mr Cantwell said: “The changes we are planning are long overdue and we’re just hoping that everything goes through.
“The plan is to close the existing restaurant on November 7 and re-open at the new premises in December.”
Members of Horncastle Town Council’s Planning Committee have backed the move which will involve a change of use at the new premises.
However, it is ELDC who will make the final decision. Mr Cantwell said talks with the authority were on-going.
Coun Brian Burbidge, chairman of the town council’s planning committee, welcomed the expansion – and the proposed increase in jobs.
He said: “As a council, we should be supporting local businesses and this has got to be good for Horncastle.
“New jobs, a bigger restaurant – it’s all positive for the town.”
Mr Cantwell said he understood the current restaurant premises would be sold.
He also stressed he would ‘only’ be taking over the ground floor of the new premises with the current book shop moving to the first floor where owners would focus on the expanding internet side of their business.
Mr Cantwell explained that essentially, the restaurant had outgrown its current premises.
He described the move from 12 to 60 covers was both ‘exciting and daunting.”
He added: “We‘ve loved where we are but we need bigger premises.”
Mr Cantwell confirmed the new restaurant would continue to serve Thai food but said there would be a ‘new concept’.
He said he could not reveal any further details until planning permission was secured.
*Mr Cantwell is a member of Horncastle Town Council but has not taken any part in discussions regarding the move - or the voting process.
It’s the sweet taste of success
The Thai Dining Room has won a prestigious Trip Advisor Excellence Award for the last three years on a row.
The restaurant has also been ranked as the town’s tiop raterd eating place on Trip Advisor for the last three years.
ten of the best
According to customer feedback, the top ten ranked eating places on Trip Advisor are:
1: Thai Dining Room
3 : The Old Stables
4: The Blue Bell Inn (Belchford)
5: Captain and Cook
6: Mermaid Fisheries
9: Mantles Fish and Chip Restaurant
10: Durham Ox (Thimbleby)
*As of October 22