A NEW restaurant coming to Worcester city centre has been named in a premises licence application.

A poster for an application has been displayed outside the vacant unit at 68 Broad Street, for a business called Pasta Di Piazza.

Pasta Di Piazza has a restaurant in Acocks Green, Birmingham, and said its Worcester branch is "coming soon" - though there is no official opening date yet.

It is currently advertising for staff including waiting staff and chefs.

According to its website Pasta di Piazza prides itself "in preparing all our food to order on the premises using the finest fresh produce and ingredients, many of which are imported specially from Italy.

"Our comprehensive menu appeals to a variety of tastes, offering a range of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes along with the finest pasta, risotto and pizza."

The premises licence application was submitted by ' & E Edgbaston Limited, who submitted previous applications to Worcester City Council asking for permission to install a ventilation system in the building in preparation for a new restaurant.

The building was last used by café Patisserie Valerie until 2019 and then the RSPCA as a charity shop before suddenly closing in April.

The RSPCA has since opened a new charity shop in The Shambles.

The application displayed outside of the building on Broad Street is for:

  • Alcohol consumption both on a nd off the premises between Monday and Sunday from 10am to 11.30pm.
  • Seasonal Christmas Day and New Year's Eve hours between 10am and 1pm.
  • The provision of late night refreshments - between Monday to Sunday from 11pm to 11.30pm
  • Seasonal hours on Christmas Day and New Year's Day between 11pm and 1am.

The site is where chemists John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins first joined forces to create Worcestershire Sauce more than 180 years ago.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the partnership of John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins who moved into Broad Street in 1823.

The pair then began making the famous Lea and Perrin’s Worcestershire Sauce in the back of the chemist at 68 Broad Street in 1837.

The company then moved from Broad Street to a new factory in Midland Road in 1896 where the sauce is still made today.

Representations on the application by any interested parties or responsible authorities should be made in writing to Worcestershire Regulatory Services, Were Forest House, Finepoint Wa, Kidderminster, Dy11 7WF, or by emailing enquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk.

Any representations need to be made before Monday, December 18.