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Premises of former Bishop's Stortford Italian and Chinese restaurants set to become Burrito Grill




Dilapidated restaurant premises on the edge of Bishop's Stortford town centre, which were once a Chinese and then an Italian, could become a Mexican.

Burrito Grill – named after the Mexican or Tex-Mex dish of a sealed flour tortilla containing various ingredients – has registered the former Il Giardino Di Stortford at Northgate End as its home.

Details logged with Companies House show Kazi Nadmun Nessa is managing director of the new business, which is designated as an unlicensed restaurant or café.

Northgate End, Bishop's Stortford.Former China Garden/Italian restaurant. .Pic Vikki Lince. (33776975)
Northgate End, Bishop's Stortford.Former China Garden/Italian restaurant. .Pic Vikki Lince. (33776975)

The 33-year-old Bangladeshi took up the role in December 2019. Her premises – between Domino's Pizza and Karen's Cakes – has been boarded up for years.

The premises, which were previously Chinese restaurant Stortford Garden for decades, were on the market with Mullucks for a rent of £2,042 a month.

The Water Lane residential and commercial sales and lettings agent, marketed them as a “town centre restaurant, 1,830 sq ft, with parking to rear” in need of refurbishment. With room for 70 covers, it has a courtyard entrance leading to a bar area and then restaurant.

Anchor Street, Bishop's Stortford.Former KFC restaurant. .Pic Vikki Lince. (33776952)
Anchor Street, Bishop's Stortford.Former KFC restaurant. .Pic Vikki Lince. (33776952)

Licensing authority East Herts Council is currently considering two new licence applications for the town centre.

At Anchor Street, Operating Company 1 Ltd has applied for a premises licence for the leisure centre’s former KFC fast-food outlet.

The unit is next to the former McDonald’s, now wood-fired pizzeria DOUGH&co, which was opened in mid-September 2019 by Christopher Sharman.

Mr Sharman is a director of Operating Company 1 Ltd. He confirmed he is planning a new venture in the neighbouring unit but is not ready to reveal details.

Church Street, Bishop's Stortford.Former Pico Tapas Bar. .Pic Vikki Lince. (33776946)
Church Street, Bishop's Stortford.Former Pico Tapas Bar. .Pic Vikki Lince. (33776946)

Eat Drink Peach Ltd wants to serve alcohol at the former Pico tapas bar – between the Gin Palace bar and Heads You Win hair salon – in Church Street.

Managing director Leigh Keates and chef Daniel Knowles are behind the new enterprise. Mr Keates is also a director of Thalassophy Lifestyle Ltd based at Apton Road.


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