Plans go in for new Kettering restaurant with exclusive diners' cinema
Plans have been submitted to convert a long-standing discount department store in Kettering into a restaurant with a cinema exclusively for diners.
Brown Studio, on behalf of popular restaurant chain Wildwood, has applied to convert the site which has been home to Mister Ray’s since 1983.
If approved, the site would house a Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor – with a diner’s cinema and small bar upstairs.
The application reads: “The cinema is only open to diners with the idea being that, after dinner, customers can if they wish have a drink from the bar and watch a film.
“It will not be open to the general public, and as such we see it as ancillary to the restaurant.”
Cllr Michael Brown (Con, Brambleside) says the addition of a Wildwood chain would be great news for the town.
He said: “Obviously it would be great news to have a respected national brand come to Kettering.
“Having a boutique cinema would be a great addition to the town’s cultural quarter and a boost to the night-time economy.
“Personally I hope it is approved but it’s subject to planning application laws.”
If the plans are approved the restaurant would be open from 11am to 11.30pm from Monday to Saturday, closing at 10.30pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
It would also create 10 full-time jobs and eight part-time jobs.
Those wishing to have their say on the plans have until April 22 to do so.
A decision is expected by May 19 this year.