Call for Hooters to take over closed Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in Burton

Hooters, which has as restaurant in Nottingham, has been touted as a replacement for Burton’s former Frankie and Benny’s building in Burton.

The restaurant chain in which food is famously served by waitresses in short shorts has been suggested to succeed Frankie and Benny’s, in Middleway Park, off Guild Street, in the town centre, has been closed since the first lockdown in March, last year, after the Italian-American eatery chain axed 125 of its restaurants across the UK, with the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Now Burton diners and craving for a slice of the Nottingham dining scene which already has a Hooters based in the city.

A year-and-a-half later, the building is boarded up and smashed glass is sprawled across the pavement in front of it. It is still not up for sale – shoppers have said they think it looks a sorry sight.

A shopper contacted Staffordshire live to report there was glass, thought to be from the windows at the venue which are boarded up, piled in from the place and on parking bays outside.

They said they went to park nearby and had to be careful not to drive over the glass fearing they might get a puncture.

A year-and-a-half later, the building is boarded up and smashed glass is sprawled across the pavement in front of it. It is still not up for sale – shoppers have said they think it looks a sorry sight.

A shopper contacted Staffordshire live to report there was glass, thought to be from the windows at the venue which are boarded up, piled in from the place and on parking bays outside.

They said they went to park nearby and had to be careful not to drive over the glass fearing they might get a puncture.

While Suzanne Starsmore said a Hickory’s Smokehouse would be good.

Others jokingly suggested another Costa Coffee, adding to the five already in the town.

Darren Townsend-Brown jokingly said: “Another Costa? Can’t find one in Burton.”

Si Young added: “I hear Burton could do with another Costa.”

While Tom Sheldrake said: “Costa or house perhaps another Lidl or Aldi.”

However, it is not just eateries which readers have suggested.

Bryan Mills asked: “Is it big enough for a bowling alley?”

Burton famously bulldozed its tenpin bowling alley after the land it occupied, off High Street, was sold to Tesco which later mothballed the plan. A mixture of homes and leisure have recently been approved for the site.

Two readers also tongue in cheek suggested the town’s library could be moved inside the old Frankie and Benny’s, rather than the proposal to move it to Burton Market Hall.

Ian Wood said: “Could you fit a library in there? Asking for a friend.”

Liam Wharton added: “Decent spot for the new library.”

Burton has recently been granted £22.8 million of Government cash to regenerate the town and town bosses have proposed using £6.7 million of that money to move Burton Library from Meadowside Drive and into the Market Hall, which, they say, will increase footfall into the town.

However, campaigners have said it is waste of money and should be left where it is.

The Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in Uttoxeter also closed and is now to be taken over by bakery chain Greggs.

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