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Mowgli in Preston could finally happen despite St George’s issue

Written by on February 25, 2021

An Indian restaurant chain has once again set its sites on opening a venue in Preston after originally shelving plans due to the pandemic.

Mowgli Street Food had expected to open a new city centre restaurant during 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK.

Following this, the chain’s founder Nisha Katona MBE revealed the restaurant was not opening due to its site in the St George’s Shopping Centre being ‘mothballed’.

But in an Instagram post this week, Ms Katona – a former Preston barrister – said plans for a Preston restaurant could be back on for 2022.

She stressed that this was reliant on the UK avoiding a winter lockdown at the end of 2021.

She also said she could like to open sites in Edinburgh and Brighton, with a new restaurant in Cheltenham set to open this summer.

Ms Katona posted: “Dearest Mowglites, with an opening date in sight I thank you so much for your company and encouragement through the darkest times.

“This is not social media in my view, we have developed a community of like minded food and fauna and flora loving friends.

“We need hope and oxygen and so our booking lines are open for 17th May. If that date changes will will change your booking for you no problem. If we open on 17 May then we will open Cheshire Oaks Mowgli in July. If our restaurant are busy enough over the summer we will finish our Bristol build and open Mowgli Bristol in Nov/Dec.

“If there is not another four month lockdown at Christmas we will open Mowgli Edinburgh and three more in 2022 with my heart reaching for Glasgow, Brighton and Preston.

“There – it’s as though you have just sat through one of our board meetings – barefoot, dog on lap with heaps of Kokoro sushi to keep us fuelled.

“Sending you all much love this grey two minded morning. I could be cross at May. I shall chat to you about my dreams and plans instead.”

It is unclear if Mowgli would take up its unit in the St George’s Shopping Centre, with the company behind it falling into administration in early February this year. Alexander Williams and Andrew Dolliver of Ernst & Young LLP were appointed as administrators to the company behind the complex, IRAF UK Dragon Ltd Partnership.

The shopping centre is currently operating “as usual” and “in line with current restrictions,” a spokesperson from Preston BID confirmed to LancsLive in mid-February.

In June 2020, the shopping centre revealed its plans for a ‘restaurant quarter’ including Mowgli and The Botanist had been mothballed due to the pandemic.

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