Tasty plans hatched for new Falkirk restaurant

Chicken restaurant Nando's hopes to come to Falkirk
Chicken restaurant Nando's hopes to come to Falkirk

Food lovers could soon be tucking into an exciting new dining experience courtesy of a popular restaurant company.

Chicken chain Nando’s has lodged a planning application for its latest outlet at the Central Retail Park in Falkirk.

Proposals include an outdoor seating area, although the company is staying tight-lipped about its other plans, including how many covers the eating place will cater for.

It comes 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.

The firm is best known for its Portuguese-style peri-peri chicken and is now so popular that it even sells its own brand of sauces and other condiments in supermarkets.

News about Nando’s comes hot on the heels of another chicken restaurant planned for the town with KFC given the go-ahead to open a restaurant, drive-through area and car park on the site of the former Tesco petrol station in Callendar Road.

Both projects will bring in much-needed jobs to the area and are also expected to attract diners from further afield than Falkirk.

Alastair Mitchell, Falkirk Delivers town centre manager, welcomed both developments.

He said: “While the Central Retail Park is not part of our remit, another big name firm coming to Falkirk is definitely good news. I’m sure there will be a spin-off for all the businesses in the town from these new arrivals.”

Meanwhile, discount firm B&M which recently opened its first shop in the area in Stenhousemuir, is advertising for staff for a Falkirk store although no details of its location have been revealed.