Thursday, September 29, 2022

News: The restaurants signed up for Forge Island scheme


Four new food brands have signed lease contracts on the Forge Island development in Rotherham town centre.

Urban regeneration developer, Muse, has struck a triple-header deal with Thistle Group which will transform the area into a food destination.

First up is Casa Peri Peri, which will bring its own style of Portuguese and Southern African cuisine, created by Masterchef star, Bobby Geetha.

Estabulo Rodizio/Sakku Samba is a dual-branded concept honouring the Gaucho style of cooking while at the same time celebrating a fusion of Japanese-Brazilian cuisine. It will be the first time that the two concepts are brought together under one roof.

Caffé Noor completes the pack and is a luxury coffee shop with a difference. 50% of all its profits will be donated to local community organisations to support vulnerable people.

Boutique cinema operator, The Arc, and national hotel chain, Travelodge, have previously signed up to anchor Forge Island and construction expected to start on site this October.

The new Forge Island will be set within a public square with a new pedestrian bridge connecting the scheme to the wider town centre.

Raife Gale, senior development manager at Muse, said: “We’re all about bringing choice and social purpose to the towns and cities we work in. Bringing these four brands to Forge Island demonstrates what we’re looking to achieve here, and we can’t wait to get on site in October.

“Working with the council, we’re creating a brand-new restaurant and leisure offer for Rotherham.

“Together, we’re driving inward investment and growth to support the local economy, providing opportunities for local people which will hopefully kickstart further investment and development in the town.”

Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, Councillor Denise Lelliott, added: “We are pleased to be welcoming these new food establishments to the flagship Forge Island development which will provide a unique and exciting experience for residents and visitors.

“It is an exciting time for Rotherham as we see our regeneration works begin to take shape.”

Rotherham Council's cabinet is due to meet on October 17 where it will decide how to fund the scheme. Members will "choose from the full range of options for delivery including further supplementing or replacing what was expected to be privately raised capital with the Council’s own borrowing and capital resources."

Forge Island website
Casa Peri Peri website
Estabulo website
Sakku Samba website
Cafe Noor website

Images: Estabulo


Anonymous,  September 29, 2022 at 2:36 PM  

Encouraging to see a return of some night time venues in the town centre that don't involve a donner kebab!

Anonymous,  September 29, 2022 at 5:54 PM  

Seeing as their is no funding and builders signed up despite it meant to have started a few years ago, I will believe it when I see it.

Anonymous,  September 29, 2022 at 6:53 PM  

Be no buses to get to town.

Anonymous,  September 29, 2022 at 9:10 PM  

Where do we get the money to pay the over inflated prices that they will charge so that the council can get there pound of flesh also how do people get there when there is no adequate bus service to town.

Anonymous,  September 29, 2022 at 9:13 PM  

Nice to see some quality eateries planned,don't get the coffee place though,thats a waste of a unit,town is full of places to get coffee!

Anonymous,  September 30, 2022 at 9:16 PM  

Most definitely

Anonymous,  October 1, 2022 at 4:55 PM  

whilst it is nice to see areas being regenerated, it is saddening to walk through the current "town centre" to see its severe and shocking decline. I would have had more pride in the Council if they had called all local businesses together to see how the Council could improve the town and regenerate the space that is slowly disintegrating - people cannot be blamed for thinking that the Council has something up their sleeve for the decaying town centre as it currently stands.

Anonymous,  October 3, 2022 at 8:41 AM  

In answer to the comment asking about local business input. The council used to host regular forums with town centre businesses the general format was this:

Town centre businesses "We're really concerned about the state of the town centre"

RMBC "Things are happening... Look at all the shiny things happening at Forge Island"

Town centre businesses: "But that won't help us. Can we have free parking, so that we can compete with Meadowhall, Parkgate and out of town centres?"

RMBC "Sorry, no. But look at the shiny things happening on Forge Island"

And repeat.

As far as I know, the forums were disbanded after Cllr Lelliott walked out of one them, after the town centre business community refused to accept her pravda-esque interpretation of what was happening at the time. Mind you, that was a good few years ago and I don't believe there is any meaningful engagement with businesses based in the town centre.

Anonymous,  October 3, 2022 at 2:27 PM  

Regards parking which always comes up,I work all over country and never if ever come across free town centre parking,it's what councils do they charge to park as an income steam,plus many are private anyhow.Just making point town/city centre parking charges are the norm,not just Rotherham.

Anonymous,  October 3, 2022 at 2:29 PM  

Who'd invest in Rotherham town centre,when only people shopping are Slovak Roma,they're happy with what's on offer!

Anonymous,  October 4, 2022 at 1:18 AM  

Go by car. That simple.

Anonymous,  October 4, 2022 at 8:05 PM  

Travelodge, Arc and Thistle group. Read the article rather than making irrelevant comments around ethnicity.

Anonymous,  October 5, 2022 at 12:26 PM  

Wonder how long it will be before the mentioned Travel lodge is full of migrants and arc cinema is giving them free tickets?It's all very well hiding behind your politics "Anonymous"but sometimes you have to take your head out of the sand!

Anonymous,  October 5, 2022 at 12:34 PM  

Do you shop there??No,you probably don't.Some are good at commenting just based on there opinions without seeing the reality.I suggest you take a walk around the town centre any day of the week,and then tell me what ,people you see down there and how safe and how pleasant it feels,stating Slovak Roma,is simply stating what there is and what are least of the problem is.Take your rose tinted specs off I suggest!

Mark,  October 6, 2022 at 6:42 PM  

I'm in town 3 days a week for college and have never had a problem with anyone in the town center.

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