Former Wetherspoons set for ‘outdoor rooftop dining’ makeover

An old Wetherspoons in Oldham could be transformed into a new restaurant with a glass covered rooftop terrace.

The Squire Knott, on Yorkshire Street, has been vacant and unloved for the past year, but a new planning application could revive the site.

Submitted by Ibrahim M Rasul, on behalf of Istanbull Restaurant Ltd, the proposal would see a covered rooftop restaurant built on the first floor, changes to the inside of the site, and a revamp of the shopfront.

A design and access statement submitted to Oldham Council outlined the full changes new owners hope to make to breathe life back into the former pub.

It stated the new rooftop area would “provide customers with pleasant view from the top looking at the skyline and enjoying the food with a modern new eating experience”.

The restaurant is set to open seven days a week – from 11am-11pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am-9pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

A new reception and an updated kitchen would also be added to the unit, with the restaurant capable of seating 196 people on the ground floor, and 128 in the new enclosed terrace.

J D Wetherspoon sold the site, at 55-57 Yorkshire Street, for £435,000 in November 2017.

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In the planning appraisal section of the document, the plan is described as “appropriate and sustainable” due to its spot in a busy commercial area.

It added: “Furthermore, the proposal would help provide additional economic generating activities within the shopping centre and additional employment opportunities in the area which, it is anticipated, would make some positive contribution towards strengthening the economic role of the shopping area and promote regeneration.”

A consultation on the proposal is underway, with a decision expected by the end of March.

Manchester Evening News – Oldham