On 11 Sep 2015 at 9:17am Mama Mia wrote:
Oh dear oh dear, it seems there may be yet another so called "italian" restaurant arriving in the town centre! An application for a licence is on the LDC website. Whilst there is nothing at all wrong with Ask, Prezzo and Pizza Express, surely this a step too far! I understand it is proposing to open amongst the Premier Inn development - And for those of us who oppose this development, this is why! Lewes will soon be over run with chains! And for those of you who live in the vicinity - the licence application is from 08.30am until 00.30am - 7 days a week.
On 11 Sep 2015 at 9:31am Here I go again wrote:
Blimey. I thought Ask, Prezzo and Pizza Express was the full set. Is there another Italian chain restaurant?!
On 11 Sep 2015 at 9:37am Jeff wrote:
Aren't they all owned by the same organisation anyway?
On 11 Sep 2015 at 9:38am Merlin Milner wrote:
I thought there was going to be a Waggamama at that site. A chain but at least different cuisine.
On 11 Sep 2015 at 9:44am Luigi wrote:
Whitbread own Premier. They also own Costa. And they own the Bella Italia chain. I imagine that it'll be a Bella Italia.
On 11 Sep 2015 at 10:06am Bongo wrote:
Trouble is with the 'chain' eateries is that the food always looks and tastes as though it has gone from from freezer to microwave/fryer, to table. If I wanted that sort of thing, I'd go the freezer/chiller rows in the supermarket, and cook it myself in my own microwave oven!
On 11 Sep 2015 at 10:25am townie wrote:
The way i see it is if there wasn't the market for one, it'll soon die a death and shut down. If people want it, they'll use it.
On 11 Sep 2015 at 10:30am Mama Mia wrote:
Apparently it is a small chain in the West Country - so far - called Aqua Italia?
On 11 Sep 2015 at 12:36pm Mussolini wrote:
It'll be Bill's Italiano
On 11 Sep 2015 at 1:45pm hungry wrote:
Sounds good. I love resturants and many different options on my own doorstep however i would definately prefer a waggamma, a yo sushi or a Mexican resturant. Better than yet another coffee shop!
On 11 Sep 2015 at 1:59pm Bongo wrote:
It would refreshing to have an independent restaurant run by a proper chef within the new development, serving delicious meals made from scratch, but I feel this is not what people want these days.
On 11 Sep 2015 at 2:11pm Shifty wrote:
Oh, the forum plenty want a posh restaurant which will be massively over priced for most. I, as a working class home owner in Lewes (born and bred) would much rather have a nice chain restaurant in which I could afford to take my family to more than once in a blue moon. Bring on the chains. Lewes working class welcome you!
On 11 Sep 2015 at 2:15pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
How about a Wimpy Bar? All food cooked on the premises, unlike those American upstarts.
Bender in a Bun, anyone?
On 11 Sep 2015 at 3:58pm Merlin Milner wrote:
Sadly rents are too high for independents. I looked into doing restaurant in the precinct where the Red Cross shop is. High rent and business rates made it a no goer. So it is only chains with high margins that can afford to be round there.
On 11 Sep 2015 at 6:23pm traveller wrote:
I get the point about independent retail or restaurant - pretty much impossible in Lewes now but this is utterly uninspiring. You see this sort of thing everywhere you go. No doubt the Lewes 'working class', as Shifty puts it, will be opting for the rabbit ragout (drizzled in truffle oil as always) at £12.75.
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On 11 Sep 2015 at 8:08pm Bongo wrote:
sorry about the ultra long gap at the end of my post, the cat was snoozing next to me and leant on the enter button. Thought I had cleared it.........
On 12 Sep 2015 at 9:29am Old Malling wrote:
It's a small British owned chain with a much broader menu than the other Italian restaurants in the town. It's good to have some choices, just a shame that so many are Italian.