18/10/16: Thetford Riverside gets some TLC as first restaurant is announced

Grand Central to open at Thetford Riverside18 October 2016

The first restaurant tenant at a brand new £8m leisure complex is set to offer an American flavour in Thetford.

People visiting Thetford Riverside, on Bridge Street, will be able to enjoy a meal at Grand Central American Bar & Grill restaurant, run by TLC Inns, when it opens around January. The menu at existing outlets includes American favourites such as barbecue wings, macaroni cheese, lobster, hot dogs and burgers, salads, and a selection of steaks.

TLC Inns is to invest £450,000 in the opening and will create at least 30 new jobs. The 156-cover restaurant will be available within the largest of the units at Thetford Riverside. It will be TLC's 10th outlet and 6th Grand Central - all are located in the East Anglia region, including the successful Cutter Inn and Grand Central in Ely, with Thetford set to be the first Grand Central in Norfolk.

Cllr Bill Borrett, Breckland Council's Chairman, said: "I am very excited to see the transformation of Thetford Riverside, a great regeneration project, and I am very proud of what Breckland Council has achieved here.

"I am really pleased that TLC have chosen to locate their next Grand Central restaurant and bar in the development, I think it is a great boost for Thetford. They are an expanding company and I can't wait to see it open so we can all come along and enjoy it."

Steve Haslam, who runs TLC Inns with his wife Jo, said: "We are very excited to be opening in Thetford. The Riverside scheme is the perfect site for our next Grand Central. It's a great location close to the town centre, but easily accessible by car and has views over the river.  With the cinema and a strong food offer, Riverside will give visitors from the Thetford catchment another reason to visit the town and to stay longer.

"We've just had a very successful opening of a big Grand Central in Chelmsford, which has already broken all records for us and we believe that our formula of family ownership, food prepared from fresh and cooked to order plus a fun, friendly atmosphere will allow us to achieve similar success in Thetford."

Thetford Riverside is a development by Breckland Bridge, an innovative joint venture between Breckland Council and The Land Group. It is a key regeneration project for Thetford, designed to act as a catalyst for further development.

The site's 62-bed Travelodge hotel is expected to officially open this week and the three-screen The Light cinema is on track to open around the end of the month.

The leisure complex also includes four other units, all of which feature outside terraces for al fresco dining overlooking a newly landscaped, river front. Advanced discussions are underway with a number of restaurant chains interested in opening within the available units and further announcements will be made in due course.

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Last updated: 25/09/2018 14:32:40