Italian restaurant chain signs up to £50m West Central leisure complex

Italian restaurant chain signs up to £50m West Central leisure complex

Italian restaurant chain signs up to £50m West Central leisure complex

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RESTAURANT chain ASK is the latest name to sign up to a multi-million pound cinema and restaurant complex planned for Bournemouth.

Italian eaterie ASK has submitted a licensing application seeking permission to serve food and alcohol from a new premises in West Central.

The £50million West Central development will contain a multiplex Odeon cinema alongside an assortment of shops and restaurants.

Nando’s, Chiquito, Prezzo and Frankie and Benny’s have also confirmed their commitment to the scheme, which is funded by Legal and General (Leisure).

The scheme was until recently the subject of a land wrangle between Bournemouth council and developers NCP and Licet. Although the scheme had planning permission, Bournemouth council was trying to get a Compulsory Purchase Order for the site so they could build a bus hub there.

However last month the council abandoned these plans, deciding instead to give developers a year to make improvements and progress the scheme. If this does not happen, the council will have first refusal on purchasing the site.

Chris Dymond, director of Licet, pictured inset, said: “We’re delighted that ASK has come on board as the latest in the line-up of high quality family restaurants which includes brand-leading national and local names.

“We’re expecting to announce the full list of names and more news next months.”

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10:36am Tue 26 Aug 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Thumbs up if you intend to boycott the entire development! It should be a bus station!
Thumbs up if you intend to boycott the entire development! It should be a bus station! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: -9

10:48am Tue 26 Aug 14

B.F.G says...

So not a proper restaurant amongst all of them, just mass produced and microwaved stodge cooked by somebody on minimum wage.

Yummy...
So not a proper restaurant amongst all of them, just mass produced and microwaved stodge cooked by somebody on minimum wage. Yummy... B.F.G
  • Score: 38

10:53am Tue 26 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

Is there really much difference between a 'restaurant chain' and a fast food outlet, in either case we can probably presume we are not talking about 'up-market' establishments.

But we can certainly see little difference in the artist's impressions provided of the cinema developments now planned for either side of Exeter Road. They are virtually indistinguishable with basic design entry level bland 1970's style glass box buildings. What a shame we cannot find more inspired modern designers who could offer Bournemouth something architecturally new and superior - after all, we used to.
Is there really much difference between a 'restaurant chain' and a fast food outlet, in either case we can probably presume we are not talking about 'up-market' establishments. But we can certainly see little difference in the artist's impressions provided of the cinema developments now planned for either side of Exeter Road. They are virtually indistinguishable with basic design entry level bland 1970's style glass box buildings. What a shame we cannot find more inspired modern designers who could offer Bournemouth something architecturally new and superior - after all, we used to. muscliffman
  • Score: 19

11:11am Tue 26 Aug 14

Ham United For The Title says...

all aimed at more stag and hen people!
all aimed at more stag and hen people! Ham United For The Title
  • Score: 17

11:15am Tue 26 Aug 14

Townee says...

There is not one up market restaurant in Bournemouth anywhere, most are only fair to average or fast food chains.
There is not one up market restaurant in Bournemouth anywhere, most are only fair to average or fast food chains. Townee
  • Score: 17

2:16pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bbird says...

The only good cafes and restaurants here can't afford the rents and rates to expand. Espresso Kitchen, Petit Prince, Da Mario merit and could do with larger premises. Sitting at Petit Prince watching people come and leave as no room!

Ask is not in my view an 'Italian' restaurant. It is a restaurant producing 'in the style' of Italian food. Like all the other fast food chains, they won't be seeing our hard earned money.
The only good cafes and restaurants here can't afford the rents and rates to expand. Espresso Kitchen, Petit Prince, Da Mario merit and could do with larger premises. Sitting at Petit Prince watching people come and leave as no room! Ask is not in my view an 'Italian' restaurant. It is a restaurant producing 'in the style' of Italian food. Like all the other fast food chains, they won't be seeing our hard earned money. bbird
  • Score: 17

2:37pm Tue 26 Aug 14

billy bumble says...

So that's 3 "Italian " restaurants so far

How gullible the public are

Although of all of them Prezzo's is not bad for a quick meal
So that's 3 "Italian " restaurants so far How gullible the public are Although of all of them Prezzo's is not bad for a quick meal billy bumble
  • Score: 3

3:00pm Tue 26 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Meanwhile the town is booming so much that Whittard and Bella Italia have added to the ever growing list of businesses who have left empty shops in the area that probably won't be filled again for years. Why build more when so many are empty, and the last shopping centre built a few yards away has apparently been converted into student accommodation having never attracted any shops?
Meanwhile the town is booming so much that Whittard and Bella Italia have added to the ever growing list of businesses who have left empty shops in the area that probably won't be filled again for years. Why build more when so many are empty, and the last shopping centre built a few yards away has apparently been converted into student accommodation having never attracted any shops? speedy231278
  • Score: 8

4:37pm Tue 26 Aug 14

504gld says...

"Nando’s, Chiquito, Prezzo and Frankie and Benny’s", the same ole same ole that you can find in any out of town development, what's going to make that special to bring people in to Bournemouth, when their faced with parking charges? If you read some of the Tripadvisor reviews for these microwave ping food restaurants their horrific in places. No thanks.
"Nando’s, Chiquito, Prezzo and Frankie and Benny’s", the same ole same ole that you can find in any out of town development, what's going to make that special to bring people in to Bournemouth, when their faced with parking charges? If you read some of the Tripadvisor reviews for these microwave ping food restaurants their horrific in places. No thanks. 504gld
  • Score: 6

4:57pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bbird says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Meanwhile the town is booming so much that Whittard and Bella Italia have added to the ever growing list of businesses who have left empty shops in the area that probably won't be filled again for years. Why build more when so many are empty, and the last shopping centre built a few yards away has apparently been converted into student accommodation having never attracted any shops?
Whittard & Bella Italia! Could never understand Whittard? No aroma of freshly roasted coffee, no opportunity to try the teas or coffees, and a load of useless expensive (even when on offer) spotted jugs and mugs. Bella Italia? Nothing Italian or good about them, not even compared with other chains. As for the shopping centre turned into student accommodation, if it's the one at the top if the hill, then wrong position.

What we need is some good chains and lots more good independents. Look at Wagamama, proof that if it's good, people will queue. Restore some of the old facades. Get some character and class back. Promote more outdoor terraces and pedestrianisation (where viable). And create 'quarters' for night life, chain 'mass' dining, chain stores, and separate ones for independent retailers and classier food stores and restaurants.

For the moment I head to Westbourne if I want to shop!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile the town is booming so much that Whittard and Bella Italia have added to the ever growing list of businesses who have left empty shops in the area that probably won't be filled again for years. Why build more when so many are empty, and the last shopping centre built a few yards away has apparently been converted into student accommodation having never attracted any shops?[/p][/quote]Whittard & Bella Italia! Could never understand Whittard? No aroma of freshly roasted coffee, no opportunity to try the teas or coffees, and a load of useless expensive (even when on offer) spotted jugs and mugs. Bella Italia? Nothing Italian or good about them, not even compared with other chains. As for the shopping centre turned into student accommodation, if it's the one at the top if the hill, then wrong position. What we need is some good chains and lots more good independents. Look at Wagamama, proof that if it's good, people will queue. Restore some of the old facades. Get some character and class back. Promote more outdoor terraces and pedestrianisation (where viable). And create 'quarters' for night life, chain 'mass' dining, chain stores, and separate ones for independent retailers and classier food stores and restaurants. For the moment I head to Westbourne if I want to shop! bbird
  • Score: 6

6:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ferndownguy19 says...

bbird wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Meanwhile the town is booming so much that Whittard and Bella Italia have added to the ever growing list of businesses who have left empty shops in the area that probably won't be filled again for years. Why build more when so many are empty, and the last shopping centre built a few yards away has apparently been converted into student accommodation having never attracted any shops?
Whittard & Bella Italia! Could never understand Whittard? No aroma of freshly roasted coffee, no opportunity to try the teas or coffees, and a load of useless expensive (even when on offer) spotted jugs and mugs. Bella Italia? Nothing Italian or good about them, not even compared with other chains. As for the shopping centre turned into student accommodation, if it's the one at the top if the hill, then wrong position.

What we need is some good chains and lots more good independents. Look at Wagamama, proof that if it's good, people will queue. Restore some of the old facades. Get some character and class back. Promote more outdoor terraces and pedestrianisation (where viable). And create 'quarters' for night life, chain 'mass' dining, chain stores, and separate ones for independent retailers and classier food stores and restaurants.

For the moment I head to Westbourne if I want to shop!
Completely agree, same old boring names, same old 'complexes,' make the centre a quirky and varied atmosphere where there are lots of things going on, not just a bland layout all in one place.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile the town is booming so much that Whittard and Bella Italia have added to the ever growing list of businesses who have left empty shops in the area that probably won't be filled again for years. Why build more when so many are empty, and the last shopping centre built a few yards away has apparently been converted into student accommodation having never attracted any shops?[/p][/quote]Whittard & Bella Italia! Could never understand Whittard? No aroma of freshly roasted coffee, no opportunity to try the teas or coffees, and a load of useless expensive (even when on offer) spotted jugs and mugs. Bella Italia? Nothing Italian or good about them, not even compared with other chains. As for the shopping centre turned into student accommodation, if it's the one at the top if the hill, then wrong position. What we need is some good chains and lots more good independents. Look at Wagamama, proof that if it's good, people will queue. Restore some of the old facades. Get some character and class back. Promote more outdoor terraces and pedestrianisation (where viable). And create 'quarters' for night life, chain 'mass' dining, chain stores, and separate ones for independent retailers and classier food stores and restaurants. For the moment I head to Westbourne if I want to shop![/p][/quote]Completely agree, same old boring names, same old 'complexes,' make the centre a quirky and varied atmosphere where there are lots of things going on, not just a bland layout all in one place. ferndownguy19
  • Score: 4

8:11pm Tue 26 Aug 14

corozin says...

Lovely. Our lovely new development is going to filled with the same old dreary food chains, and in doing so will be utterly uninteresting, unoriginal and boring.

Forget the fact that this parade of eateries won't look any different to the other towns where they all proliferate together - it won't even be different to Tower Park or Castlepoint.

Just chuck in a KFC and a Burger King to finish off this utterly unambitious insult to the town and it's visitors.
Lovely. Our lovely new development is going to filled with the same old dreary food chains, and in doing so will be utterly uninteresting, unoriginal and boring. Forget the fact that this parade of eateries won't look any different to the other towns where they all proliferate together - it won't even be different to Tower Park or Castlepoint. Just chuck in a KFC and a Burger King to finish off this utterly unambitious insult to the town and it's visitors. corozin
  • Score: 7

12:05am Wed 27 Aug 14

wadjit says...

It is the same in most cities. The worst restaurants are the ones in the centre, where they can serve low quality food and still have a high turnover of people because of the location. You usually have to go a bit further out to find a quality independent restaurant that has to rely on serving good food to get return customers. That's what I think anyway - could be wrong. There are many good restaurants in the Bournemouth area, you just have to know where they are.
It is the same in most cities. The worst restaurants are the ones in the centre, where they can serve low quality food and still have a high turnover of people because of the location. You usually have to go a bit further out to find a quality independent restaurant that has to rely on serving good food to get return customers. That's what I think anyway - could be wrong. There are many good restaurants in the Bournemouth area, you just have to know where they are. wadjit
  • Score: 1

8:59am Wed 27 Aug 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Frankie and Benny's.....vomit.
Frankie and Benny's.....vomit. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 0

9:20am Wed 27 Aug 14

bbird says...

wadjit wrote:
It is the same in most cities. The worst restaurants are the ones in the centre, where they can serve low quality food and still have a high turnover of people because of the location. You usually have to go a bit further out to find a quality independent restaurant that has to rely on serving good food to get return customers. That's what I think anyway - could be wrong. There are many good restaurants in the Bournemouth area, you just have to know where they are.
Precisely why there should be designated 'quarters as I suggested earlier. I visit (and spend my money in shops and restaurants) in Salisbury, Winchester, Lymington, oh and Westbourne. And if I want chains and John Lewis, then West Quay.

Bournemouth town centre, with few exceptions, is just bland bland bland. Lets have more independent shops and restaurants. Less S&D Leisure and unauthentic pizza pasta tapas chains. Make Bournemout special, raise the standard here, improve the hotels. Police the centre and beach to stop antisocial behaviour. It's so simple really!
[quote][p][bold]wadjit[/bold] wrote: It is the same in most cities. The worst restaurants are the ones in the centre, where they can serve low quality food and still have a high turnover of people because of the location. You usually have to go a bit further out to find a quality independent restaurant that has to rely on serving good food to get return customers. That's what I think anyway - could be wrong. There are many good restaurants in the Bournemouth area, you just have to know where they are.[/p][/quote]Precisely why there should be designated 'quarters as I suggested earlier. I visit (and spend my money in shops and restaurants) in Salisbury, Winchester, Lymington, oh and Westbourne. And if I want chains and John Lewis, then West Quay. Bournemouth town centre, with few exceptions, is just bland bland bland. Lets have more independent shops and restaurants. Less S&D Leisure and unauthentic pizza pasta tapas chains. Make Bournemout special, raise the standard here, improve the hotels. Police the centre and beach to stop antisocial behaviour. It's so simple really! bbird
  • Score: 4

11:49am Wed 27 Aug 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

Well done Licet and NCP. Very average chains suggesting a very average development. Can't you get some local or regional restauranteurs in there to show what the area can offer??? Maybe you coudl offer them lower rents to show that you do indeed support the local area?
Well done Licet and NCP. Very average chains suggesting a very average development. Can't you get some local or regional restauranteurs in there to show what the area can offer??? Maybe you coudl offer them lower rents to show that you do indeed support the local area? NickTheGreekinBmth
  • Score: 2

1:50pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Noah Peel says...

carbon copy of Tower Park then?
carbon copy of Tower Park then? Noah Peel
  • Score: 2

2:48pm Wed 27 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Noah Peel wrote:
carbon copy of Tower Park then?
Not really, isn't the parking free there?
[quote][p][bold]Noah Peel[/bold] wrote: carbon copy of Tower Park then?[/p][/quote]Not really, isn't the parking free there? speedy231278
  • Score: 1
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