National café bar operator Loungers has signed a lease with Oldham Council to operate a 4,000 sq ft unit at the Old Town Hall multiplex due to open later this year.
Loungers was started by three friends who opened their first bar together in Bristol in 2002. The business has since expanded to 80 restaurants now open or planned in UK towns and cities including Liverpool, Reading, Birmingham, Newquay, Bournemouth, Cardiff and Brighton.
The Oldham restaurant will be called Molino Lounge, after the Spanish word for mill.
Already signed at the Old Town Hall are Nando’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Costa Coffee.
The grade two-listed building is entering the final stages of its transformation into an Odeon cinema with 800 seats, seven screens and seven restaurants facing Parliament Square.
The venue promises to be a “retro home from home including dramatic art work, oversized vintage sofas and statement light fittings. It will have a family-friendly focus with highchairs available, a selection of board games, daily newspapers and a free book swap facility. It will serve brunch, main meals and authentic tapas and also has vegan and gluten-free offerings, plus a children’s menu.”
Cllr Jean Stretton, Oldham Council leader, said: “This is another high-quality and sought-after brand and Molino Lounge will make an excellent addition to the choice on offer to families in our town centre.”
Mike Butler, operations manager, Loungers, said: “Oldham is the perfect location for our Lounge concept.
“There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part.”
Metis Retail Estate is the letting agent.