Corby’s new Mediterranean restaurant, Olive, is set to be serving its first diners very soon.
The owners of Olive are in the midst of transforming Corby Council’s former One Stop Shop on the ground floor of Grosvenor House in George Street, Corby.
The sign has gone up on the outside of the building and they are busily working away inside with the aim of being ready to open in about three weeks’ time.
Olive’s new interior draws its inspiration from the stylish coffee bars and restaurants of Aegina, Greece, where owners Philippos and his wife Lisa first drank frappes and met with friends to enjoy long afternoons of food and drink.
Upholstered booths, sofas and classic tables and chairs break up the large ground floor into different dining areas, offering something for everyone from dinner for two to functions such as weddings, christenings and work events.
Owner Philippos Filaitis said: “The aim is to open in about three weeks.
It’s another addition to the offer here in the town centreCllr Tom Beattie
“It’s moving quite fast now so we are very pleased.
“There will be a lounge area with sofas so you can come and have cocktails and nibbles, tapas or meze.
“People can start their evening here before going on to a club.
“The whole vibe is background music so no loud music or DJs.”
As a sister of the popular restaurant and bar from Rothwell, Olive Lounge & The Old Bakehouse, Corby’s Olive will combine their A la Carte and meze menus in a new fine dining and lounge concept, serving food from 11am until 10pm.
Olive will also offer a pre-order lunch service.
Philippos added: “The kitchen is the heart of the restaurant, this is where everything will be happening.
“The menu will be very similar to the one served in Rothwell.
“It’s very tasty.”
They will also be serving a range of drinks, including some of their most popular cocktails available to diners.
The restaurant can seat about 120 people and they are looking to employ between eight and 12 staff, with some positions still available for anyone wanting to apply.
Despite looking at other towns, it seems that Corby was the only place to be and Philippos said he can’t wait to open.
He said: “We get a lot of Corby clients in Rothwell and we have also been looking for a bigger town to set up in.
“We have looked at Market Harborough, Kettering and Corby, but Corby was ticking most of the boxes.”
Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, is looking forward to the new restaurant opening.
After being given a tour of the restaurant yesterday, he said: “It’s brilliant, it’s another addition to the offer here in the town centre.” He said the new restaurant would add to the leisure and culture quarter which has been created with the swimming pool, theatre and library as well as the recently opened cinema complex with Prezzo, Nando’s and RBW.
He added: “I know the Old Bakehouse, I have been on numerous occasions and it’s always a pleasure so I hope it will be similar here.
“I suspect we will attract people from outside Corby.”
To keep up-to-date on the new restaurant go to www.facebook.com/Olive or follow @OliveCorby on Twitter.