East Lothian’s first Pepe’s Piri Piri restaurant to open in Musselburgh

December 11, 2019

EAST Lothian’s first Pepe’s Piri Piri fresh flame-grilled chicken restaurant is set to open in Musselburgh early next year.

The eatery has received planning consent from East Lothian Council.

Young entrepreneur Atif Ali, from Straiton, is diversifying from his buy-to-let business in Edinburgh to open the new venture in the former Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) premises at 94 High Street.

CoEL, which supports all adults in a caring situation in the county to get information and services, has a new base at the East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington.

Mr Ali is excited at the prospect of opening East Lothian’s first Pepe’s franchise in the Honest Toun, saying the size of the community was a factor in his decision.

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He received the go-ahead to change the use of CoEL premises from office to restaurant use after revised drawings were submitted.

The hot food takeaway element of the proposal was removed and alterations made to a flue to protect the amenity of neighbouring properties.

Planners stated that the restaurant would not be “incompatible” with the established mixed uses of the town centre and would contribute to its “vitality and viability”.

Their report added that road safety hazard concerns, highlighted by the roads service department, had been allayed by removal of the takeaway side of the new venture.

It was noted that the restaurant was near bus stops in the High Street and it was deemed that there was sufficient parking nearby to accommodate demand.

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Conditions have also been imposed relating to the extraction system and noise.

According to Pepe’s Facebook page, the eatery will be opening in early 2020.

There are more than 100 Pepe’s Piri Piri outlets in the UK, including in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and Perth.

By Avril Campbell

Source: East Lothian Courier

Popular peri peri franchise Pepe’s to open up in East Kilbride

October 30, 2019

A popular restaurant chain will open it’s doors this year in East Kilbride. Pepe’s peri peri posted the news to their Facebook yesterday.

Due to open in Murray Square, Pepe’s sells peri peri flavoured chicken, burgers and salads.

The chain started in 2007 in Watford, and now has 97 stores worldwide in the UK, Ireland and Pakistan.

The shop still has builders in working, but it is hoped that it will open in early December, just in time for Christmas.

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For further information and any updates keep an eye out on the Pepe’s piri piri – East Kilbride Facebook page.

By Gregor Farquharson

Source: Daily Record

Pepe’s Bolton ‘is trading well’ under new franchise holder

August 5, 2019

The Bolton News reported yesterday how the town’s Pepe’s restaurant may be closing but that is not the case.

The Piri Piri restaurant, in The Vaults, at Market Place, which first opened in 2016 at the shopping centre, has continued to trade while the ownership has been transferred to a new franchise holder.

A spokesman for the new franchise holders said that the lease for the flame-grilled chicken restaurant was transferred previously and is trading well.

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Their menu there still includes a range of classic burgers, wraps, pittas and salads, alongside their patented Piri Piri chicken strips, wings and legs.

Pepe’s, which first launched in the UK in 2004 when the Piri Piri market was still in its infancy, now has 94 stores nationwide, with the most recent outlet opening in the Gorgie Road area of Edinburgh.

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Another is also pencilled in for a launch soon in the Leicestershire town of Loughborough.

By Peter Magill

Source: The Bolton News

Worcester fast-food eatery granted license to sell late-night refreshments until 2am

July 30, 2019

A FAST-food restaurant, Pepe’s Piri Piri, has been granted a licence to sell late-night refreshments.

Pepe’s Piri Piri in Lowesmoor, Worcester, was granted the licence in May, after the owner Mutaher Shah, submitted the application the previous month.

This means the eatery is now allowed to serve hot food and non-alcoholic beverages until 2am every day, rather than 11pm, according to the licence record.

Mr Shah, aged 44 said: “It’s been good to open up later to the public. After a late night they can rely on Pepe’s.

“Business has been excellent. It’s definitely been ideal staying open later.”

Mr Shah, from Redditch added: “There’s a lot of nice people in Lowesmoor. It’s up and coming.

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“It’s all about working together as a team and suggesting different places to customers to help other businesses in the strip.

“There’s movement here. Things are changing. This is the gateway to the city.”

As part of the application, submitted by United LA Ltd, there are several mandatory conditions that must be followed as part of its operating schedule.

One of the conditions include the protection of children from harm, which will be supported by all staff who will be safeguard trained in relation to under 18s.

A training record must also be kept on the premises to be represented for inspection to police or regulating authority upon request.

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No alcohol is allowed on site, and notices will be displayed around the venue asking customers to leave the restaurant quietly.

A log book documenting all incidents of crime and disorder must be kept and updated.

A password protected CCTV system will be in operation whilst the venue is open and will be given to police if requested, while a trained staff member will be there at all times who can produce viewable copies.

The franchise chicken restaurant opened its doors in August last year, where the former Worcester mayor, Jabba Riaz, joined Mr Shah for the official opening.

By Grace Walton

Source: Worcester News

Chicken shop Pepe’s Peri Peri in High Wycombe up for rent

April 27, 2019

Pepe’s Peri Peri – A HIGH Wycombe Peri Peri takeaway is being listed for rent at £2,500 per month.

Pepe’s Peri Peri opened in Frogmoor in December 2017 and now the lease is being offered to a new operator due to a ‘relocation’.

The lease is being marketed by MBI in Abingdon, which says the chicken shop franchise has been ‘successful’ so far.

The Pepe’s franchise has 85 stores nationwide.

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The Frogmoor branch has a five-star hygiene rating, but is yet to recieve a rating from users on Trip Advisor.

Pepe’s has a lease at the High Wycombe site until 2032.

Source: Bucks Free Press

Perth fast food plan will “revitalise” area

April 13, 2019

Pepe’s Piri Piri UK – A newly formed company is confident its proposal to create another fast food outlet on Perth’s Crieff Road will “revitalise” the area.

Papa’s Perth Ltd, which was only incorporated by joint directors Aasim Aater Amin and Abdullah Ali last November, has applied for permission to convert the formers Farmfoods store near the road’s junction with Tulloch Road into a branch of Pepe’s Piri Piri.

They believe they will have to employ at least 16 people to run the restaurant once it is established – so long as Perth and Kinross Council passes their planning application.

A supporting statement filed along with the application says: “The applicants, Papas Perth Ltd, propose to open a Perth restaurant branch of the Pepe’s Piri Piri chicken restaurant franchise, which has been growing successfully throughout the UK over recent years.

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“The property is surrounded by several other restaurants and fast food establishments on the Crieff Road, including two curry houses immediately next door, so there is a precedent for class three (food and drink) in the locality. The proposed change of use and alterations represent a great opportunity to revitalise a vacant and rather tired looking commercial property on a prominent corner plot.

“Furthermore, the applicant anticipates employing between 16 and 20 full time and part time staff once the restaurant is up and running.

“In conclusion, the proposed new Pepe’s Piri Piri restaurant will be a positive redevelopment of an unoccupied property that will establish a vibrant new business with opportunities for local employment.”

Details of the application can be viewed online at www.pkc.gov.uk

By Paul Cargill

Source: Daily Record

Grilled chicken franchise sets sights on former Matabeau café

March 5, 2019

HEREFORD’S complement of eateries could soon face new competition from a grilled chicken franchise – Pepe’s Piri Piri.

A let has now been agreed at 21 Commercial Street, formerly the Matabeau Café, which has been empty since the business closed in January 2017.

Multi-national franchise Pepe’s Piri Piri has now made a planning application to extend opening hours to 11pm at the vacant unit.

The company’s application said: “The proposed extension of hours will allow the business to open until 11pm serving customers with healthy grilled food, coffees and teas.”

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If approved, the restaurant will be open from 11am to 11pm seven days a week and will create five full time and three part time jobs.

The consultation will end on April 4.

Pepe Piri Piri currently has 88 restaurants in locations across the UK, offering grilled chicken, burgers and rice dishes amongst other items.

Source: Bromsgrove Advertiser