New restaurant still hungry for business despite delays

ONGOING WORK -- the building that will house Bibiana Lounge
ONGOING WORK -- the building that will house Bibiana Lounge

THE CHEF behind a new Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant, planned for Hucknall High Street, has given reassurances that it WILL open next month.

The Dispatch reported before Christmas on plans to open Bibiana Lounge in mid-to-late January in premises that formerly housed the long-running Barry Austen and Edward Allen clothes shops.

But since then, work has stalled, leaving residents wondering whether the venture had fallen through.

However father-of-three Mohibur Rahman, of Birmingham, says he is fully committed to the first restaurant he has launched personally.

“It has been a very big job,” Mr Rahman told the Dispatch this week. “But we are working hard and we aim to be open by the middle of May.”

The building in which Bibiana Lounge will open dates back to the 1960s. It was last in use as a Home Bargains store. But despite its prime location, it has been empty for more than a year and has deteriorated into an eyesore.

Mr Rahman has taken a 20-year lease on the building and Ashfield District Council has granted planning permission for a change of use from shop to restaurant.