Nandos’s first Falkirk restaurant has permission to serve a little tipple with its chicken when it opens in a couple of weeks.
Falkirk Council licensing board has approved a provisional premises licence for the outlet in the town’s Central Retail Park, which is due to open on November 11, meaning the restaurant now has the go-ahead to serve alcohol on the premises from 10 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.
During a meeting of the board last week, the firm stated its policy was “no food, no drink”, meaning no one is allowed to buy an alcoholic beverage without purchasing food.
It also added the Nandos chain, which is expanding across the country, was a family-friendly organisation and the serving of alcohol was a small part of the business.
These new premises come 21 years after Nando’s opened its first restaurant in Ealing, London, and seven years since the first Scottish branch opened at The Fort, Glasgow.
Currently, the nearest branch is in Stirling and is extremely popular thanks to its Portuguese-style peri-peri chicken and own-brand sauces and other condiments.
Lovers of fried poultry also have the new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and drive-through to look forward to. Earlier in the year the council granted planning permission for the KFC outlet to be built at the former Tesco petrol station in Callendar Road and construction is now going on.
It is hoped Nando’s and KFC will bring in much-needed jobs and also attract diners from outside the area, which will have a positive knock-on effect for the town.