New restaurant chains coming to Preston

View of the proposed St George’s restaurant complex along Friargate

Two popular restaurant brands, The Botanist and Mowgli, are set to open in St George’s Shopping Centre in autumn 2020.

Both of these will open as part of the shopping’s plan to build a 28,000 sq ft restaurant quarter.

Councillor Peter Moss, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for planning and regulation at Preston City Council, thinks it is brilliant news that the new brands are coming to Preston, as they will complement the planned new cinema next to the market site.

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The Botanist has signed up for the development’s largest unit, taking 10,000 sq ft on a 15-year lease and offers a selection of botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and live music every night.

Mowgli has signed up for a 3,400 sq ft unit also on a 15-year lease. The street food restaurant is inspired by the often vegan and healthy food Indians eat at home and on their streets.

View of the proposed St George’s restaurant complex along Friargate
Current view of St George’s

Councillor Peter Moss said: “Attracting recognisable names maximises the benefit to the wider economy, as well as adding choice for the people of Preston”.

However, this might have implications in the Market redevelopment, which is set to open by the end of 2020.

The £50m cinema and restaurant complex is coming to the site of the former indoor market, facing Preston Market Hall.

View from Orchard Street looking up towards the Market

Councillor Peter Moss, added: “We are currently working with a number of interested parties for the cinema development scheme which will be a great complementary offer to these new additions at St Georges.

“It’s important that any future investment complements the burgeoning leisure offer as we are committed to, and passionate about, the long term success for the city centre.

“We can’t wait to welcome these businesses to our amazing city and the future developments happening in and around Preston.”