Thursday, January 28, 2021

News: New eateries planned in Rotherham town centre


New food outlets in Rotherham town centre could be created if new applications are approved.

At the bottom of Doncaster Gate and Wellgate, a prominent unit looks set for another chapter in its life following the expansion of Grimm & Co, the children's literacy charity.

Back in 2016, Grimm & Co launched an Apothecary to the Magical, selling wild schemes, evil plots, charms, curses and kitchenware, transforming a vacant pub in the town centre.

Converting the former Town Gate pub at the foot of the High Street, the literacy centre above the shop attracted thousands of school children. The charity has moved out, taking on more space in a former church across town.

Now an application has been submiited to use 2/2a Doncaster Gate for the provision of late night refreshment and the sale of alcohol. The applicant is the Towngate Group Limited, and the premises has been given the name "La Orza."

Across the town centre, a historic building that was previously used by an insurance company, could be converted into a cafe.

49 Moorgate Street was previoulsy Swinton Insurance but the building went up for sale at a reduced price last year. Agents, Sanderson Wetherall had the freehold of the 1,400 sq ft property up for sale with offers in excess of £105,000 invited.

The application from Mohammed Yousaf is for the change of use of the ground floor from Office to Cafe and plans show room for a 12 seat eatery.

Images: Google Maps / SW


Anonymous,  January 28, 2021 at 3:02 PM  

Lots of 'coulds' and 'ifs'.

Won't people just stick to the Forge Island when it's development is finished rather than visit one of the most depressing town centres around?

Major development is needed in Rotherham town centre, not just a few new restaurants and green space.....

Mr me January 28, 2021 at 8:31 PM  

New restaurants and bars is what town centre needs,forget about shops, they're gone forever, covid as brought forward the demise of town centres.Therell be shopping centres up and down country with loads of units empty.New restaurants/bars gets a big thumbs up from me, less green town centre space though, get apartments built.

Wayne. January 29, 2021 at 6:30 AM  

Don't forget all the new apartments which are being built, " the town " centre is very quickly becoming residential area.....WHAT TOWN CENTER... Do you really want to come into town for a coffee because that is all you can get in a couple of years time... Buildings being knocked down to make way for people to sit..looking at what...grim surroundings, shutdown shops, being pestered every other minute by the homeless for after another....listening to drunks.. shouting and swearing...yes..I can see why people would want to sit around in town..

Mr me January 29, 2021 at 5:28 PM  

That's what town centres are like everywhere, days of town centres for shopping are done, town centres are for living in and having leisure, you want shops, well jump on a tram 5 minutes west is meadowhall, 5 min east is Parkgate.

Anonymous,  January 30, 2021 at 2:53 PM  

Doncaster and Barnsley Town centres were doing well enough pre Covid

Wayne. January 30, 2021 at 9:15 PM  

Hmmm... leisure & living in... expensive rates...Bill's.. tax... for what exactly.... to be surrounded by constant building...of new apartments..NOTHING ELSE.... or maybe to go to the bank.😆

Mr me February 1, 2021 at 12:34 PM  

That's life Wayne, go have a look at Manchester/Salford, thousands of apparments, bars and restaurants, and barely a shop in site. Need t get out of Rotherham and look at rest of world!

Anonymous,  February 3, 2021 at 2:41 AM  

There's a fully blown shopping centre in Manchester centre 😂

Mr me February 5, 2021 at 4:14 AM  

Meadowhall is 5 mins on tram to West and Parkgate is 5 mins to East of Rotherham Town centre, what more could someone living in town centre want?

Anonymous,  February 6, 2021 at 5:20 PM  

A nice environment to live in?

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