Blaze-hit restaurant ready for a new era

Jack Catterall at the Little Hong Kong restaurant in Wheelton which is due to re-open in November
Jack Catterall at the Little Hong Kong restaurant in Wheelton which is due to re-open in November

Business is already booming at a popular restaurant which was devastated by a horrific blaze.

Despite only opening on Wednesday, November 12, the transformed Little Hong Kong eatery is already jam-packed with bookings for its first two weeks.

Co-owned and managed by Jack Catterall, the Oriental eatery, which is situated in Briers Brow is now only looking forward to the future.

Mr Catterall said: “It was probably one of the worst feelings I have ever had when I saw my restaurant burning.

“We couldn’t do anything about it and the whole family felt physically sick.

“But now we are moving on to the future, it’s been a quick process and I’m delighted we have confirmed an opening date.”

The historic Dressers Arms pub, which was located below the restaurant, was also destroyed in the fire.

Mr Catterall paid tribute to the Dressers’ owner Steve Turner.

He said: “Steve has been a great help for us, he got the ball rolling and it’s thanks to him we are opening so soon.

“When we first looked at November I thought it was optimistic but it’s happening and we all can’t wait.”

The Dressers Arms has confirmed it will open on November 5.

The restaurant has confirmed that all staff on the books have confirmed their return.

A new Malaysian chef has also joined the kitchen staff as Mr Catterall is looking to expand the eatery.

He said: “All the staff have showed a great deal of


“It would have been easy for them to walk away but they gave me their word and they honoured it.

“It shows a great deal of commitment and honesty.

“With the new chef we want to do several new dishes and we are looking at a few Malaysian styles.

“We are excited for the opening and we are anticipating a bright future.

“Booking have been excellent and we welcome all bookings for Christmas and NewYear.

“We want to make it a Christmas to remember.”