Wednesday, November 29, 2023

News: The Sheffield fast food favourite that wants to open in Rotherham


The revamped Westgate Chambers development in Rotherham town centre could be a new home for "Britain's best takeaway," if newly submitted plans are approved.

Westgate Chambers is a large private-led regeneration project - a £10m scheme designed by Sheffield-based Self Architects involving the creation of a showcase commercial, retail and residential development that involves renovating the buildings that surround a landscaped internal courtyard, including a superb Georgian Grade II listed building, one of the oldest surviving historic structures in Rotherham town centre.

With the New York View apartments joined by the likes of Pot8's snooker club and the new location for rock bar, Snafu, the latest application is for a change of use that would enable an empty unit to be used for a hot food takeaway.

Plans show that it will be for Sheffield-based burger bar, Munchies.

With three locations across Sheffield, Munchies garnered national acclaim earlier this year when it won The Best Takeaway In Britain Award at the Just Eat Restaurant Awards.

The brand is famed for its burgers and milkshakes and describes itself as having a "generous menu that satisfies big cravings from a business which is big on personality and bigger on flavour."

If approved, the revamped 1,800 sq ft unit at 4 main Street would enable Munchies to expand into Rotherham with plans showing kitchen and preparation areas to the rear and booths and banquette seating at the front.

A design statement submitted with the application hints at a playful interior, neon lights and an "instagram-worthy atmosphere."

The application states that the new takeaway aims to enhance the dining options in the urban area characterized by a mix of pubs, bars, offices, and retail outlets. It adds: "Its introduction as a fast food takeaway/restaurant complements the existing mix of uses, providing a new and desirable food option that caters to the needs of local office workers, residents, and visitors.

"It promises to enhance the local dining landscape, contribute positively to the area's vibrancy, and meet the needs of a diverse range of users."

In 2020, Rotherham Council introduced a planning policy including the restrictions on the location of new hot food takeaways within 800 metres of schools and colleges.

Munchies website

Images: Munchies / Google Maps


Anonymous,  November 30, 2023 at 1:21 AM  

Should turn it down, Rotherham as far too many takeaways, serving same foods,it's restaurants that are needed, Rotherham town centre as virtually none,even when forge island is operating,where's the quality, Italian, Chinese,Thai, Spanish, mexican restaurants in town?There's none,that's what's needed along with more bars,that's only way Rotherham will get it's nightlife back,the forge island development alone , won't do it.

Anonymous,  November 30, 2023 at 8:32 AM  

Time will tell. If it is not what is needed as you believe, then it will not succeed. However, looking at it more positively it is a further indication that a business from outside the borough has more faith in the future of the town centre than many of the town's inhabitants. Hope it comes off and good luck to them.

Anonymous,  November 30, 2023 at 11:09 AM  

The 'brand' comes with quite a reputation from folk in Sheffield. This type of takeaway should be welcomed.

Anonymous,  November 30, 2023 at 12:00 PM  

As said above,it's restaurants that are needed if council wants town to become a leisure destination,far too many takeaways.

Anonymous,  November 30, 2023 at 12:19 PM  

tbf it does say that there will be seating inside.

Operators now how JustEat, Deliveroo etc, "drive" the industry nowadays with people having more takeaways than eating out.

Anonymous,  November 30, 2023 at 3:52 PM  

Is Westgate Chambers in the town centre? Maybe our resident expert could confirm?

Anonymous,  November 30, 2023 at 6:39 PM  

I'm sure he will eventually respond to our resident infant.

Rothguy November 30, 2023 at 9:06 PM  

I agree more restaurants, we have many takeaways in that area causing chaos and doing what they want on Westgate with rubbish parking.

Anonymous,  December 1, 2023 at 12:54 AM  

Just a posh Macdonald's,give me a sit down meal with quality food any day.

Anonymous,  December 1, 2023 at 9:10 AM  

So Bluecoats then? Which may or may not be in the town centre.

Anonymous,  December 1, 2023 at 10:04 AM  

Move on mate, you are boring.

Anonymous,  December 1, 2023 at 10:37 AM  

I've tried this place in Sheff, if far exceeds the poor quality 'food' served in Bluecoats!

Anonymous,  December 1, 2023 at 2:26 PM  

It’s not all about you.

Anonymous,  December 1, 2023 at 8:34 PM  

The same people calling to leave it empty because there's too many takeaways also moan about the amount of empty shops

Anonymous,  December 2, 2023 at 5:02 AM  

Can't get a drink in this takeaway though,hence need for restaraunts,some of us are adults,with a little sophistication (even though we're from Rotherham) ,I want something off a menu,cooked,with a beer,and a bottle of wine,not burger and a coke!

Anonymous,  December 2, 2023 at 7:52 AM  

It will probably be halal

Anonymous,  December 2, 2023 at 8:05 AM  

Rotherham aristocracy no doubt.

Anonymous,  December 2, 2023 at 8:05 AM  

Was that necessary?

Anonymous,  December 2, 2023 at 10:20 AM  

Twas ever thus. You cannot please malcontents.

Anonymous,  December 2, 2023 at 2:49 PM  

Again, it’s not all about you.

Anonymous,  December 2, 2023 at 9:00 PM  

Ah, just can't help yourself eh?

Anonymous,  December 3, 2023 at 2:01 AM  

Bigotry is alive and well

Anonymous,  December 3, 2023 at 9:07 AM  

Gratuitous in the extreme

Anonymous,  December 3, 2023 at 11:35 AM  

That about sums him up.

Anonymous,  December 3, 2023 at 2:38 PM  

Here we go with the racial stereotyping again

Anonymous,  December 3, 2023 at 3:51 PM  

'sophistication' Try stringing a sentence together first mate.

Anonymous,  December 3, 2023 at 5:34 PM  

What, little old me? Can't you take a joke?

Anonymous,  December 3, 2023 at 7:57 PM  

To be charitable I suppose that the halal reference was a pitiful attempt at humour.

Anonymous,  December 3, 2023 at 11:18 PM  

It's probably just a failure of the education system

Anonymous,  December 4, 2023 at 5:21 PM  

Nothing wrong with a bit of truth,many of the takeaways dish up Halal meat,they impose there beliefs on customers,that's why I choose not to use them,if people are happy eating food which is the end product of a barbaric and disgusting slaughter,which as no place in modern day society' then you enjoy your food,I'll give it a miss.

Anonymous,  December 5, 2023 at 12:32 AM  

Just like you gave the grammar lessons a miss I guess.

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