Chorley’s Havana new brasserie and cocktail bar

The Cafe Deja Vu, Fazakerley Street, Chorley

The Cafe Deja Vu, Fazakerley Street, Chorley

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A closed down town centre cafe is set to be transformed into an exciting new restaurant and cocktail bar.

The former Cafe Deja Vu, Fazakerley Street, Chorley, has stood vacant for more than a year.

The building, which used to be the Number 15s bar a number of years ago, has recently been taken over by businessman George Ikin.

Mr Ikin, who currently owns Havana Casa de Café, just yards away from his new venture, has confirmed he plans to open a new high class restaurant and a cocktail bar called Havana Brasserie.

He said: “It’s in a great town centre site location and I think Chorley needs something like this. I’ve worked in restaurants in the past, I used to have one in Australia.

“This is a natural progression, I’ve been at Havana for two years now and this is the next step.

“I’m looking to do a few things in Chorley over the coming years.”

The restaurant looks set to open in October and Mr Ikin hopes it will bring a boost to the night time economy.

He added: “There are plenty of good restaurants in Chorley and I think the town centre could do with another.

“The chef we have is very special, in time I’d like us to obtain a Rosette award.

“I’d like to see others invest in Chorley, it has good footfall. I wouldn’t count it as competition, the more businesses, the better.”

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “I’m really pleased that work has started to open up these premises as a restaurant.

“The restaurant can only help boost the economy of the town, particularly the night time economy, by attracting more people into the centre in an evening.”