ONE of the country’s fastest-growing Chinese dining chains, Oodles Chinese, is set to throw open its doors along Blackburn’s Curry Mile.
Bosses say that 20 new jobs will be created by the arrival of Oodles Chinese in Victoria Street, which launches on Friday.
The 40-seater Indo-Chinese outlet will be competing with established favourites including Khyber, Shandaar and Pepe’s.
Mohammed Umar, director of the Leicester-based firm, said: “We chose Victoria Street specifically due to the high footfall in the area and we already have a large fan base here in Blackburn who travel to our other stores.”
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He told the Lancashire Telegraph that their arrival in the town, which follows their north west debut in Bolton earlier this year, was “well overdue”.
“We genuinely believe our concept of fresh and unique tasting food is something Blackburn has never experienced before,” added Mr Umar.
“We have created a warm authentic, inviting design with a live cooking element so customers feel closer to the Oodles Chinese experience of freshly-prepared food as soon as they walk into the new restaurant.”
He also said that the company was still on the lookout for other possible Lancashire franchise opportunities after other openings in London, Leeds and Coventry.
Cllr Hussain Akhtar, Shear Brow ward councillor, said: “This is just the kind of thing we need in the area.
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“I’m always keen to bring more businesses to Blackburn and I hope that this one will be a success.”
Dishes will include Malaysian chicken, chilli chicken, Chinese lamb curry, chilli prawns, caramel chicken, teriyaki chicken, Schezuan beef stir fry and crispy prawns, with vegetarian options.
The launch of the halal-certified eaterie comes as part of mini-boom in franchise restaurants in Blackburn in recent months.
Frankies has been attracting scores of customers to its fledgling operation in Salford, after converting the long-closed former Pitchers Bar, and East Z East is going strong at the old Blakey’s bar on Northgate.
German Doner Kebab has also confirmed it will be taking over the Maida dining hall, at Eanam, early next year.
But there have also been casualties along the way, with Frankie and Benny’s shutting up shop on Lower Audley Street last April.
By Peter Magill
Source: Lancashire Telegraph