Couple promise to bring Spanish flavour to venture

SPANISH dream: The shop where the new takeaway will open if granted permission

SPANISH dream: The shop where the new takeaway will open if granted permission

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Chorley’s first Spanish takeaway could be just weeks away from opening in the town centre.

The new venture is the dream of husband and wife Sergio and Mari Carmen Ribeiro.

The plans still need to get the go ahead from councillors, but if they are approved, the takeaway will launch in the former Flame Nails and Beauty shop on Market Street, opposite the now redeveloped former McDonald’s site.

Sergio is from Portugal and Mari Carmen was born in from the Canary Islands. Sergio said: “It will be a takeaway initially, not a restaurant at this moment in time. This is a dream my wife has had for a long time.”

The couple, who live in Astley Village, are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mother-of-three Mari Carmen said: “I am passionate about dealing with all sorts of people and becoming involved in the community in which I live. I love cooking and I do consider it one of my gifts. From preparing food for home to cooking for large meeting groups, I always found great pleasure in having other people enjoy my food.

“Without doubt, the weather and the food are two major factors that attract tourists to Spain. I can’t provide the weather, but I can bring alive the tastes and sensations of the Spanish to Chorley. We are certain that a Spanish takeaway in the heart of the town will draw people from within and outside the area, and it’s a reflection of the growth of this beautiful town whom my family love.”

Dishes will include the classic paella, ropa vieja, made out of potatoes, chicken, meat and chickpeas and mojo, a sauce from the Canary Islands, made of red or green pepper and oil.