Indian restaurant to open in burnt-out downtown unit that sat empty for three years


A family-run Indian restaurant is due to open at The Crescent in Hinckley three years after the unit’s former business closed after being damaged by fire.

Renovation work has begun at the former Rossini Restaurant in The Crescent complex, which is to be relaunched as Bikaneri Bar and Restaurant.

The name refers to the inhabitants of Bikaner, a city in the state of Rajasthan in northern India, famous for its rich cuisine and spices.

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The substantial two-storey unit, in The Crescent block owned by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, closed after a fire in the bar of the former Italian restaurant in March 2019.

Savitri Bhamu, of owners Marwar Caterers, said: “We chose Hinckley as we believe there is a potential market for Rajasthani food from North India, as there are currently mainly Bengali, Nepalese and South Indian restaurants. -Indian.

“We are very happy to provide customers with authentic North Rajasthani Indian cuisine, including vegan and vegetarian options, as well as an enjoyable customer experience.

“We chose The Crescent because we believe it is a prime location with high footfall, and we believe our restaurant will be a great addition.”

The new venture will be the group’s second restaurant, as they have another in Bath called Bikanos Indian Cuisine.

Indian restaurant group Santhi was previously set to occupy the space but plans fell through due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Crescent is home to several other restaurants, including Tarro Lounge, Wildwood, and Prezzo.

In 2018, The Apprentice star Joanna Kirk launched Louisianna Fried Chicken in the mall, but the adventure only lasted a few months before the restaurant closed.

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