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Restaurant planned for vacant Liverpool retail space

Plans have been revealed to transform a vacant retail space in Liverpool city centre into a Mexican eatery.

Pancho’s Burritos, which operates two restaurants in Manchester, has revealed proposals to branch out to the neighbouring city by securing a property on Bold Street.

The site in question, 46 Bold Street, is located in the Ropewalks cultural regeneration quarter of Liverpool city centre and has lain vacant for the last 18 months.

Liverpool City Council has expressed concerns about the number of retail premises being repurposed on Bold Street, claiming it could impact on the “vitality and viability” of the area.

The applicant argues such fears are unfounded, claiming the council has provided no evidence to support its concerns and that Pancho’s new restaurant will actually boost vitality on Bold Street.

A statement issued to the council reads: “The proposed restaurant/takeaway use will not undermine the character or vibrancy of Bold Street and indeed the contrary is true, it will provide a distinctive specialist restaurant/takeaway offer that Pancho’s Burritos are famous for in Manchester area.”

Pancho’s existing eateries are based on High Street and Chester Street in Manchester.