Work has started this week to transform the former NatWest bank building in Huyton Village Centre into a new family-friendly food and drink outlet.
John Doran, a local publican, is heading up the project for a London-based company, which will see the transformation of the two-storey property into a place to meet, eat and socialise. The ground floor will provide a meeting space in the day and a cocktail pizza place at night. A range of cocktails will be available for locals and visitors to try.
The upper floor will be transformed into a common room, providing pool table and table tennis, as well as other fun games, to keep adults and children entertained. The common room will also be used to show live sporting events throughout the year and will also be used as a function room too, available to hire for small celebrations and functions.
The side of the building is currently undergoing a transformation with local artist John Culshaw creating ‘something special’.
The new outlet, called Common, is due to open in the summer and will complement the other new food and drink outlets in Huyton Village Centre including Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant, Eton Place, along with the Coffee House.
John has helped to create venues such as Aloha, Jenny’s and Berry & Rye in Liverpool and with his local knowledge, is now looking to bring something special to Huyton.
James Duncan, Knowsley Council’s Executive Director (Resources) and programme sponsor for the Huyton Village Development Programme, said
“I’m delighted to see this work progress, bringing an empty building in the heart of Huyton Village Centre back into use and providing a welcome attraction for residents and visitors alike. This is yet another phase of our Huyton Village Centre development plan progressing, with the shop front improvement scheme also starting, CCTV has been installed and a prime development site (the former fire station) has now been cleared and is available as a development opportunity. This is only the start, with more exciting developments coming forward over the coming months and years.”
Common is due to open over the summer.