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Fino Tapas to open in old Tiggis building as original site too small

Written by on July 16, 2020

A Preston restaurant will temporarily relocate from next month as its original building is too small to be viable while social distancing.

Fino Tapas, originally on St Wilfrid Street in the city, will take up the vacant building that most famously housed Tiggis for almost 30 years before closing in 2017.

Owner Mark O’Rourke told LancsLive that he has been inundated with people asking when the popular restaurant would be reopening since lockdown measures started to be lifted but there is no date for when the St Wilfrid Street site might be able to operate.

He said: “Fino has been really popular since opening in 2018 so a lot of people have been messaging the page or me and asking when we’ll be starting up again.

“With social distancing measures still in place, even at one meter there’s no way it’d be possible to open the restaurant, as I’m sure anyone who has eaten there can appreciate.

“Temporarily taking on the site means we’ll have all our businesses back open in August and it means the space isn’t going to waste anymore.”

The new site, on Guildhall Street, was home to one of the most recognisable restaurants in Preston before closing after running from 1978. It reopened as A Mano in April 2018 and was later rebranded as Palm Court but was unable to find success before closing in early 2019.

The building is owned by Walker & Williams, who also own The Winckley Square Hotel, which is home to Mark’s two-rosette restaurant 263.

Mark said: “Max from Walker & Williams has been great and it’s partly thanks to him that we’re able to reopen again. We’ve got the building for six months and we’re aiming to be open in early August. We’ll see what happens after that.”

263, based in the Winckley Square Hotel on Camden Place, reopens from July 22. Winckley Ale House, formerly The Otter’s Pocket on Winckley Street, is back open.

Food at Fino Tapas

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